Everton are keen to bolster their ranks in January with a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola.
The Toffees have shown signs of progression under Marco Silva this season but their performances have stagnated in recent weeks, seeing the club lose their grip in the hunt for Europa League football next season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s decline in form has proved to be decisive and 24-year-old Fernandes could be seen as a replacement for the Iceland international, although Everton will have to fight arch-rivals Liverpool for his services.
The report states a fee of around €40m would be required to bring the 11-cap Portugal international to the Premier League, which Everton may find difficult to finance unless outgoing deals take place on the blue half of Merseyside.
Idrissa Gueye continues to be linked with a January move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain and the latest reports from Telefoot state Everton want around €45m for the Senegalese international, which could be used to finance a swoop for Fernandes.
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