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Napoli join Everton in race to sign Porto star

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Italian side Napoli have joined Everton in the hunt for highly-rated FC Porto midfielder Fernando.

According to talkSport the Naples-based club, who currently lie second in Serie A behind leaders Roma, are monitoring the progress of the Brazilian.

Manager Rafael Benitez, whose side are in the same Champions League group as Arsenal, is in the market for a combative midfielder.

The Spaniard has reportedly sent scouts to watch Fernando and is considering a bid for the player, who is currently plying his trade in Portugal.

The 26-year-old holding midfielder has made seven appearances this season, including three in the Champions League.

He was all but set to join Everton over the summer with a £15 million bid on the table from the Toffees.

But Roberto Martinez's side missed out on the ideal replacement for Marouane Fellaini, ironically because it took so long to finalise the deal with Manchester United for the Belgian.

Everton had applied for a work permit for the Brazilian, but the player had a change of heart, opting to stay with Porto.

His side are currently top of the Portuguese top flight after nine matches - three points clear of closest rivals Sporting Lisbon.

But if a team in one of Europe's major leagues were to come in for the midfielder, then he could well be on his way out of the country.

Now the door is open for Napoli, who could be competing with the likes of their Italian rivals Juventus and Inter Milan, as well as French big-spenders Monaco for Fernando's services.

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