Deal close as Tottenham Hotspur linked Jonas arrives for medical at Benfica


Brazilian forward expected to sign with Benfica imminently.

Any aspirations Tottenham had to sign Brazilian forward Jonas appear to be fading after the attacker took a step nearer to clinching a move to Benfica.

Despite reports early on Thursday an agreement for the free agent had hit a snag over wages, it was last night seen to be back on.

Reliable Portuguese website MaisFutebol report Jonas is at the club, and is scheduled to undertake a medical this Friday, citing the player's father as the source.

Ismael Oliveira told them: "Jonas has now traveled to Portugal to settle the contract, a medical examination and sign.

"We were very happy, very happy. We know Portugal, we loved the country. We are thinking about going to Portugal and learn more about the land of my grandparents. It is true, we are all descendants of Portuguese. My grandparents, both from my father as my mother's great-grandparents of Jonas, are Portuguese."

At this point, Tottenham plans to sign him appear like a long-shot at best, barring a late intervention or breakdown in talks with Benfica.

Jonas, a former strike partner of Roberto Soldado, convinced Valencia to terminate his contract late on deadline day, after the club signed Rodrigo from Benfica, and Alvaro Negredo to compete with Spanish international Paco Alcacer.

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