Last Updated: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 16:54
Everton are closing in on a deal to sign Porto midfielder Fernando as the club's interest in Wigan's James McCarthy fades.
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has already spoken of his desire to bolster his midfield before the transfer deadline with Marouane Fellaini's expected move to Manchester United giving him significant funds to spend.
The Spaniard has held a long-standing interest in Republic of Ireland midfielder McCarthy but has already seen a £10millon bid rejected by Latics.
It is believed the Championship club will only sell the 22-year-old for £13million but Everton have baulked at that price tag.
In response they have pursued other targets, with Brazilian star Fernando high on Martinez's wanted list.
Martinez travelled to London on Monday morning to attend a work permit hearing for the 26-year-old, who operates as a holding midfielder.
A fee believed to be in the region of £15million has also been agreed with the Portuguese outfit, though the deal may now rest on the movement of Fellaini.
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