David Moyes has insisted, in comments reported by Football London, that West Ham United have other targets after Gedson Fernandes’s decision to snub the Hammers for Tottenham Hotspur.
The Guardian reported last week that the Irons wanted to sign the Portugal international on loan. However, it was suggested that they feared that they may miss out to Jose Mourinho’s men.
And those fears were ultimately realised. Tottenham confirmed on their official website earlier this week that Fernandes has moved to North London on an 18-month loan.
Spurs also confirmed that they have the option to make the move permanent.
Moyes seemingly attempted to play down any disappointment regarding missing out on the 21-year-old. The West Ham boss suggested that they are now looking elsewhere.
“Well I don’t know, we will see in time. I’m sure Tottenham will see him as a good signing,” he said, as reported by Football London, when asked whether he was disappointed to miss out.
“We’ve got other targets we have in mind and are looking at and will look to bring in the right ones if we can do.”
TBR View – Fernandes move so intriguing
It will be fascinating to see how Fernandes gets on at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He arrives with a big reputation. But he has not played much for Benfica this season.
You can understand why the likes of West Ham and Spurs wanted the youngster.
There is little harm in taking the youngster on loan. If it does not work out, Tottenham do not have to worry about a large outlay. However, if he realises his potential, agreeing a future fee at this stage may prove to be a masterstroke.
Even if he fails at Spurs over the next 18 months, West Ham can hardly say that they have had a lucky escape given that he is only on loan.
But they can certainly be left to kick themselves should he show why the two sides wanted him in the first place.