According to The Athletic, Everton are in a strong position to land Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes during the January transfer window.
A whole host of clubs, including AC Milan, West Ham United and Manchester United, have been credited with an interest in the young midfielder.
However, according to The Athletic, the Toffees have stolen a march on their Hammers and could complete an 18-month loan agreement with a £34m option to buy this month.
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Sky Sports recently reported that Benfica were listening to offers for the 20-year-old following a disagreement with the club’s head coach Bruno Lage.
And some of the Everton fans are keen for the deal to go through.
Get it done!!
— Matthew Ellison (@matthewellison0) January 6, 2020
Do his legs work? If so, sign him!
— Huw Marshall 🏴 (@Marshallmedia) January 6, 2020
can’t be any worse than our current midfield
— Rhodri Carlos Eduardos Davies (@CuntyIwan) January 6, 2020
Anything ia better than what we currently have sooo👍🏼 in @MrAncelotti we trust
— Mads godoy (@Hysj_OP) January 6, 2020
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Others, though, are concerned that if Fernandes had watched Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Liverpool in the FA Cup then he will not want to make the move to Goodison Park.
If he watched yesterday he will run a mile in the opposite direction.
— 🧩🧩🧩 (@chrisjhocking22) January 6, 2020
Hopefully he didn’t watch that utter shambles last night.
— Andy Williams (@TheNamesBombed) January 6, 2020
There are also some supporters who are not overly enthused by the idea of Fernandes arriving at the club before the end of the month.
Doesn’t his mum live in London so apparently that’s his preferred destination, a club down there? Not sure he’s what we want in CM atm, think we need someone more ready made to come in and make an impact
— Aide Dews (@AidyDews) January 6, 2020
Just the type of player we don’t need at this point in time! Another project like Keane! We need proven quality players the type you normally can’t buy in January unless you break the bank!
— Paul McIntyre (@bluemac1975) January 6, 2020
It will certainly be interesting to see what happens at Everton this month as new head coach Carlo Ancelotti will surely be determined to boost his squad with the Toffees still only five points above the relegation zone despite winning three of their last six Premier League games.