Tottenham and West Ham fans both have reasons to be cheerful in the Transfer Tavern following their teams’ recent successes in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs got back to winning ways courtesy of a 3-0 win at Everton on Saturday, delighting several supporters who were lining up at the bar, while Slaven Bilic’s West Ham picked up their first victory of the campaign on Monday night after beating Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium.
Thus, Hammers fans joined in the jubilation in the Tavern over the weekend, although the tone of both sets of supporters could undergo change following a recent report from Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, which outlines that the two sides have suffered a major blow in their respective pursuits of Benfica’s Ljubomir Fejsa.
The 29-year-old moved to the Portuguese giants back in 2013 after spells at Partizan and Olympiakos, and he has since gone from strength to strength with Benfica by earning 99 appearances for the first team, in which time the midfielder has bagged two goals.
And with four successive Primeira Liga titles to boot, the Serbia international was reportedly attracting interest from Pochettino’s Spurs and Bilic’s Hammers over the summer, yet recent reports suggest that he has penned a new deal with Benfica.
And with that contract extension likely ending both sides’ hopes of reigniting their interest in January, both Tottenham and West Ham will have to turn their attentions to other midfield targets come the New Year.
Landlord’s verdict: Many felt that Tottenham and West Ham needed to strengthen over the summer to meet their ambitions for the 2017/18 campaign, yet one man they did miss out on was Benfica’s Ljubomir Fejsa.
Spurs were linked with the midfielder back in January while West Ham were thought to be interested back in August, yet the 29-year-old, who has won ten successive domestic league titles across three clubs, remained at the Portuguese giants beyond the deadline.
And with Fejsa having signed a new deal at the Estadio da Luz, the Premier League duo will likely struggle to stump up the cash required and indeed convince him to move away from the club in January, thus forcing them to consider other targets ahead of the New Year.
Spurs and West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!