Turkish side Galatasaray have confirmed they are in talks over the loan acquisition of a current Tottenham player who has failed to live up to expectations.
Manager Jose Mourinho sought to add experience and proven quality to his squad in the summer. For the most part, his strategy has succeeded with Spurs entrenched in the race for top four.
One player who has fallen down the pecking order since the summer, however, is Portuguese midfielder Gedson Fernandes.
The 22-year-old joined Tottenham on an 18-month loan deal last January, with an option to buy for £45million.
However, Gedson has not featured in the Premier League this season. His only two appearances have come in the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.
A recent report detailed how Benfica could cut the player’s loan stint in North London short – providing another suitor was lined up.
Galatasaray had registered their interest, and today have moved one step closer to capturing their man.
The Evening Standard cite a Galatasaray statement as saying: “Official negotiations with football player and club SL Benfica have begun regarding the temporary transfer of professional football player Gedson Fernandes to our club.”
Spurs fought off plenty competition to sign the Portugal international last year, but the move has been a disaster.
Gedson made 12 appearances in all competitions last season, although he failed to register a goal or assist.
Just last month, Benfica boss Jorge Jesus admitted the player would have been better off not moving to England.
Full-back deal collapses
Meanwhile, Danny Rose’s proposed exit from Tottenham to join Turkish outfit Trabzonspor looks to have collapsed, in a bitter blow for the former England man.
The 30-year-old has fallen completely out of favour under Jose Mourinho in north London. Indeed, Rose has failed to make a single appearance this season.
The left-back was hoping to rejuvenate his flagging career on the continent, with Rose said to have been offered a three-and-a-half-year deal in Turkey.
However, it would appear that Trabzonspor have now pulled the plug on a proposed deal. They are citing the current COVID protocols as the main issue.