West Ham United have lost ground in the race for Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes, with Everton now in pole position, according to The Athletic.

The 20-year-old midfielder’s future at Benfica has come under the scanner due to a lack of regular game time in Portugal.


A move away from the Portuguese giants is on the cards and clubs such as AC Milan and Lyon have been linked with an interest in the Portugal Under-21 international.

West Ham have been putting in work to take Fernandes to the London Stadium on loan and it had been thought he could join the David Moyes project. 

However, in a big blow for the Hammers, Everton have now moved into pole position in the race for the highly rated 20-year-old.

Carlo Ancelotti wants to add to his squad in the winter window and Fernandes has emerged as a target for the Merseyside outfit.

No agreement is still in place but talks are ongoing over an 18-month loan deal with a £34m option to buy for the 20-year-old Portuguese.

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Ancelotti is also expected to meet Everton director of football Marcel Brands today to discuss transfer strategy for the club, and West Ham may need to act quickly to have a chance of landing Fernandes.