Tottenham have an option to sign Fernandes permanently when his loan ends

Tottenham have signed midfielder Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica for 18 months.

The 21-year-old made his debut for Benfica last season and Spurs have the option to make his signing permanent at the end of the loan period.

Fernandes won the Portuguese title with Benfica last season and has played 53 times for the club, scoring two goals in the Champions League.

He is Tottenham’s first signing since manager Jose Mourinho took charge.

Fernandes, who has two caps for Portugal, said he will settle in London alongside family who have already made the move.

“It’s a hard story. My family, they came to London because in Portugal, work is very hard and it’s very difficult to find work,” said Fernandes.