TOTTENHAM are closing in on the loan signing of Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes. The 21-year-old Portugal international is believed to have chosen Spurs over West Ham because of the Jose Mourinho connection. Benfica had agreed deals with both clubs. Spurs are looking to bolster their midfield options following an injury to Moussa Sissoko, who faces three months out after having knee surgery for an injury sustained in the New Year’s Day defeat at Southampton. Fernandes, who has won two senior caps for Portugal but has reportedly fallen out of favour at Benfica, is expected in the UK this week to finalise an 18-month loan move. Chelsea were also interested in signing Fernandes and offered an 18-month loan deal with an obligation to buy for £55million, provided the player features in at least half of the games during the loan spell.
On the grapevine
■ Liverpool defender Nat Phillips is expected to return to Stuttgart for a second loan spell.
■ Cardiff have been told to return with an improved offer for Kieffer Moore after failing with an initial £2.3million bid for the Wigan Athletic striker.
■ Manchester United are hoping to beat Barcelona and Liverpool to the punch in the chase for Birmingham’s teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham.
■ Burnley are weighing up a bid for Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill.
Wolves need fresh blood to deliver Nuno solutions
WOLVES boss Nuno Espirito Santo is looking to bolster his squad this month after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle extended their winless run to four games. ‘It’s obvious that we must bring players,’ he said. ‘It was not the best game, it was difficult, not many spaces, but the final delivery should be better. We are working and hopefully things work out and we can solve it. We need solutions, we need more than specific positions, players that can bring us different situations, that can help us in these kind of games.’