West Ham target Portuguese midfielder

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West Ham United are interested in bringing Portuguese midfielder Manuel Fernandes to Upton Park with the Besiktas star keen on returning to the Premier League, reports the Daily Mirror.

Having previously enjoyed loan spells with Everton and Portsmouth during his time at Benfica, the 27-year-old made the switch to Turkey to join Besiktas in 2011, however, his current employers are under pressure to offload some of their foreign stars which has opened the door for a return to England. 

New rules brought in by the Turkish Football Federation, mean Besiktas may need to reduce the number of non-Turkish players in their squad. 

Despite interest from both Sunderland and Everton, the Hammers are favourites to sign the central midfielder, with the Mirror reporting he would welcome a move to London. 

After being labelled as one of Portugal's 'Golden Generation' Fernandes failed to live up to expectations, although has seen a resurgence in form since arriving in Turkey. 

The Portuguese player netted seven times in 27 appearances last season, and manager Sam Allardyce could offer him a route back to the Premier League after missing out on Inter Milan's Zdravko Kuzmanovic. 

Allardyce has recently stated his interest in signing just one more player before the new season, with a striker his top priority, however Fernandes' availability may well lead to a bid for the player.


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