Mourinho fishing in the PALOP: Sao Tomean Gedson and Cape Verdean Zé Luís

Thoughtful Mourinho close to the sideline during this afternoon game between Tottenham and West Ham

Thoughtful Mourinho close to the sideline during this afternoon game between Tottenham and West Ham

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Portuguese coach hit with Benfica midfielder and expects FC Porto striker

Tottenham coach José Mourinho wants to strengthen his team in this January market and so is looking at the PALOP (Portuguese-speaking African countries), specifically at Benfica's midfielder Gedson Fernandes and FC Porto's striker Zé Luís.

Gedson Fernandes is already official, having been José Mourinho's first option in this market, as Plataforma advanced first-hand. The 21-year-old young man will be loaned by Benfica for 18 months, leaving the London club with a call option of around 50 million euros.

Born in São Tomé, the now 21-years-old midfielder left his home country for Portugal with only four years. He began his career at the modest Frielas, in the outskirts of Lisbon, having left with 10 years old to Benfica, in return of 250 euros and 25 balls.

The midfielder, who is already a Portuguese international, stood out in Luz last season and now heads to Tottenham and London, where, curiously, live his parents, who left Portugal a few years ago.

The player has now the opportunity of working with José Mourinho, who will have to convince so that the spurs can activate the buy option in 2021.

The hiring of Zé Luís is not official yet. However, the Cape Verdean, who was born 28 years ago in Fogo Island, is the one chosen by José Mourinho to cope with the injury of Harry Kane, who will be out of the pitch almost until the end of the season.

FC Porto and Tottenham have been discussing the transfer since the beginning of the week and everything points the striker could go on loan, to the English capital until the end of the season.

The hiring, Plataforma knows, is not easy, despite the understanding between FC Porto and Tottenham. Zé Luís has no European passport and so needs a work permit from the English League. Being an international player could make it easier, but the fact that Cape Verde is not a world power, makes it more complicated to get.

Zé Luís began his career at Académica do Fogo, in Cape Verde, and in Portugal he has represented Gil Vicente, Sp. Braga and now FC Porto. In between he had a foray into the Videoton of Hungary, but where he truly shone was in Spartak, Russia. Now you can reach the high point of his career, specifically playing in the Premier League, where he always dreamed of reaching.

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