" We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement for the 18-month loan of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica with an option to make the transfer permanent,” the statement released by Tottenham.

Gedson Fernandes, a 21-year-old midfielder, did all his training at the Lisbon ‘Eagles’, making the first team last season, when Benfica were national champions.

Tottenham’s head coach, José Mourinho is also Portuguese and himself coached at Benfica for a time in 2000.