West Ham United signing Bruno Fernandes would be a major coup

Sporting's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes celebrates after scoring a goal during the Europa League Round of 32 second leg football match between Sporting CP and FC Astana at the...

West Ham United have been linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon's Bruno Fernandes.

Sporting's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (R) vies with Atletico's Spanish midfielder Gabi during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg football match between Sporting CP...

West Ham United getting Bruno Fernandes on a free should still be treated as a coup, despite his poor World Cup displays.

West Ham have reportedly sanctioned a bid for the £18 million attacking midfielder The Sun on Sunday (01/07; page 60), following the expiration of his contract at Sporting Lisbon.

The Daily Mirror linked Fernandes to a £87 million move to Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool earlier this summer, which shows just how highly he was regarded only months ago.

Bruno Fernandes of Sporting Lisbon in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Sporting Lisbon and Viktoria Plzen at Estadio Jose Alvalade on March 8, 2018...

Fernandes’ contract situation at Sporting has plunged his future in to doubt now, and if West Ham can get him for just £18 million then it would have to go down as a brilliant move.

Fernandes had a disappointing World Cup with his performances for Portugal failing to impress.

But his time in Russia looks to have been a blip rather than the norm, as his performances over the past campaign have been largely exceptional.

Bruno Fernandes of Portugal is challenged by Mehdi Carcela of Morocco during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018...

Fernandes scored 11 goals and claimed eight assists in the Portuguese top flight last term, making him one of the most feared playmakers in the division.

And if West Ham could bring Fernandes to the London Stadium then it is a transfer move which should be celebrated by everyone involved with the Hammers.

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