West Ham have made an offer to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to reports.
On July 1 The Sun on Sunday reported the Hammers had made an £18million bid to sign Fernandes and now Sky Sports have also rteported a bid “of around £20m”.
Sporting though are apparently looking for £25m and with one other unnamed Premier League club interested, as well as Atletico Madrid, the deal is far from complete.
Both Liverpool and Spurs were linked with a move for Fernandes by the Daily Mirror in April and the player’s agent, Miguel Pinho, recently confirmed that Roma were also in the running to sign the former Sampdoria star, as well as AC Milan.
Fernandes, 23, featured for Portugal at the World Cup and was one of a number of players who asked for his Sporting contract to be terminated after an angry, masked mob raided their training headquarters in May.
The report says the player will not leave for free and “a compromise is being worked on whereby the club would receive a cut price transfer fee”.
He did have a €100m release clause in his contract, which was removed when supporters decided to ransack and injure the players at the club’s training ground.
Fernandes has scored 16 goals and created a further 12 for his Sporting team-mates last season.