Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan, which includes an option to purchase before June 2021.
Spurs announced their first January signing on the club's official Twitter account Wednesday:
Fernandes already has a lofty reputation, but he is aiming high and wants to take inspiration from fellow Portuguese and global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
When asked who he looks up to in the game, Fernandes said: "Cristiano.
"He is a Portuguese player, and he can break all records. He tries to win day by day, so I have to try to follow the same thing."
Tottenham confirmed Fernandes will wear the No. 30 jersey in a statement on their website.
Fernandes, 21, made his senior debut for Benfica in August 2018 and has made 59 appearances for the defending Primeira Liga champions across all competitions.
The twice-capped Portugal international joins compatriot Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where he'll reinforce a midfield that's recently been hampered by injuries.
The future of creative midfielder Christian Eriksen—who is out of contract at the end of the season—also remains in doubt. Mourinho, 56, recently told reporters it was understandable the Denmark international has dipped in form of late, nodding to rumours linking him with a January transfer to Inter Milan.
Fernandes—who can play right across the midfield—has had one direct goal involvement in 13 total appearances this season, assisting in a 4-0 Portuguese Cup third-round win over Cova Piedade on October 18.
He could make his Tottenham debut when they travel to Watford on Saturday, with Spurs hoping to climb from eighth in the Premier League.