Benfica's Gedson Fernandes due for medical before loan move to Spurs

Chelsea FC make official offer to sign £55m midfield star

The Portuguese worldwide has emerged as one of the most coveted players of the January transfer window after falling out-of-favour at the Lisbon side, with a host of Premier League clubs including West Ham, Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton all reported to have also expressed an interest in signing the highly-rated 21-year-old.

Sky Sports say Tottenham have agreed a deal with Benfica to sign Fernandes on an initial 18-month loan with an option to make the move permanent for £56m if things work out well for all parties.

The Portuguese international's imminent arrival could open the door for Christian Eriksen to secure a move to Italy with reports suggesting he's in talks with Inter Milan after refusing to sign a new contract at Spurs.

Manchester United have been interested in hiring the services of Gedson Fernandes but the Benfica star has opted to sign for Tottenham.

Tottenham face Middlesbrough in an FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday.

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The Lilywhites were originally held to a 1-1 draw at the Riverside earlier this month.

Prior to playing host to Boro, Jose Mourinho held his latest press conference on Monday.

Woodgate, who says that there is likely to be an update regarding the condition of West Ham target Darren Randolph in the next 24 hours, said: "I don't like losing and if you gift Tottenham two goals like that, it is hard". "I am more anxious about Middlesbrough than the market".

"We expect him to be out until, I don't know, mid-April, end of April, May, next season I don't know".

"Even if you get a player you can not play him in a replay".

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