The Merseysiders have joined United and Everton in the race for Porto’s Fernando.
At the 11th hour Liverpool have entered the race for FC Porto midfielder Fernando – who has also been targeted by Everton and Manchester United, according to the Daily Express.
The Brazilian has also been heavily linked with a number of Serie A sides – most prominently Napoli – and is thought to be available for a cut-price fee due to the fact the 26-year-old’s contract expires in the summer of 2015.
Porto are desperately trying to tie up a new deal with the South American, if not to hold onto Fernando at least to stop the player leaving on the cheap.
The Reds are thought to be targeting midfield recruitment to support the likes of captain Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva.
All three have been impressive this term, but there are question marks over the capabilities of Joe Allen and new players are therefore needed in the middle of the park.
It’s a late move from the Merseyside club, who have seen rivals United and the Toffees both show interest in recent times.
Fernando is a former Brazil under-20 international who operates as a defensive midfielder and sits in front of the back four breaking up play.
Since joining Porto in the summer of 2007 the Brazilian has played 211 matches in all competitions, which has included 24 this term.
During that time Fernando has won seven major trophies, including four Portuguese league titles and the Europa League in 2011.
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