Everton working on a deal to sign FC Porto's Fernando

Valerio Pennicino

According to Sky Sports, Roberto Martinez is in London at a work permit meeting as Everton attempts to sign the defensive midfielder from Porto.

Multiple outlets, including Sky Sports, are reporting that Everton are close to a £15million deal for FC Porto midfielder Fernando. It's a move that's a clear precursor for the departure of Marouane Fellaini as they play similiar roles in the middle of the pitch.

Minutes ago Sky Sports reported that Roberto Martinez is attending a work permit meeting for the midfielder and we could have official news about the deal soon.

Fernando Francisco Reges, or just Fernando, is a 26-year-old midfielder who's been nicknamed "The Octopus" for his uncanny ability to be everywhere on the pitch and a "leggy" style of play. He's in the final year of his contract with Porto, making it possible for Everton to possible sign him for less than the 30million Euro buyout that's reportedly in his contract.

He's been with Porto since 2007 and has been a part of four league title winning sides along with collecting two Portuguese Cups and playing in the Europa League.

Would you be happy with Fernando replacing Fellaini?

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