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Everton have agreed a £15million deal for Porto midfielder Fernando – thus paving the way for Marouane Fellaini’s departure to Manchester United.

Anxious United fans were wondering why there had been little news about Fellaini on Monday morning but the reason was Everton boss Roberto Martinez was waiting to complete a deal to bring Fernando to Goodison Park and guarantee he could get a work permit which has now been secured.

Brazilian Fernando – nicknamed Polvo (The Octopus) because of his leggy style – had a year left on his contract in Portugal and it is believed for that reason Everton have been able to sign him for under the player’s 30million Euro buy-out clause.

Fernando is 6ft tall and a holding midfield player regarded as one of the best imports into the Portuguese league over the last few years.

He has played for the Porto – who are among the top seeds in this season’s Champions League – since 2007 and has won four league titles, two Portuguese Cups and the Europa League in that time.

He has previously been capped by the Brazil under-20s side.

Martinez has insisted that replacements were brought in before Fellaini was allowed to join United.

Besides Fernando, he is continuing his interest in James McCarthy of Wigan Athletic.

Manchester United have had made three bids for Fellaini who was Moyes’ top target after the failure to sign Cesc Fabregas.

He also wanted Leighton Baines as part of the deal but Everton are keen to keep the left-back.

Source: Daily Mail

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