Tottenham lead Manchester United and Liverpool in race for Benfica starlet

Tottenham are in pole position to sign Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Daily Mirror (opens in new tab) report that Spurs have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals in the race to sign the 20-year-old.

Fernandes has enjoyed a breakout season in Portugal, making 21 league appearances as Bruno Lage's men challenge for the title.

This could be the youngster's first and last campaign in the Benfica first team, though, with a host of Premier League clubs chasing his signature.

And although United and Liverpool have both been keeping tabs on the Portugal international, Spurs are favourites to secure his services.

Mauricio Pochettino will have money to spend this summer and has made Gedson one of his principal targets.

A point against Everton on Sunday would guarantee Tottenham a fourth consecutive top-four finish in the Premier League.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).