Udinese Calcio sporting director Fabrizio Larini has confirmed the club’s interest in Novara midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Sky Sports understands.
Bruno Fernandes, who made his professional debut against A.S. Cittadella on 3 November 2012, is one of the brightest young talents in Serie B.
Fernandes, 18, has scored three goals in 14 appearances for the Biancoazzurri this season, while attracting the interest of a number of Serie A clubs.
According to Larini, Udinese are in advanced talks to sign the 18-year-old.
“There is a deal, it is true,” Larini told Tuttomercatoweb.com.
“We have spoken and we’re talking about it with Novara as perhaps other people are doing.
“We hope to reach an agreement as soon as possible.”
In other news, U.S. Sassuolo Calcio forward Domenico Berardi continues to be linked with a summer exit from the Stadio Alberto Braglia.
Juventus, Manchester City and Manchester United are reportedly keen on Berardi, who has been tipped as the next big thing in Italian football.
Berardi, 18, has score nine goals in 29 Serie B appearances, 19 starts, for Sassuolo in 2012-13.
El-Gabbas attracting BPL interest
Egypt and Lierse S.K. forward Mohamed El-Gabbas is reportedly the subject of interest from numerous clubs in the English Premier League and Football League Championship, Sky Sports reports.
El-Gabbas, 24, joined Lierse S.K. from Egyptian Premier League side Al-Masry Sporting Club in 2009.
At the time, Lierse — currently in the Belgian Pro League — were in the Belgian Second Division.
El-Gabbas is a highly-rated attacker who can play on either wing and as a second striker.
The 24-year-old Egypt international, whose current contract at the Herman Vanderpoortenstadion expires at the end of the season, was a member of Newcastle United’s youth academy under Glenn Roeder from 2005-07.
However, he was not granted a work permit and returned to Egypt to join Al-Masry.
“Mohamed has an EU passport and is available on a free transfer at the end of the season,” El-Gabbas’ representative Alex Cowdy of Touchline Soccer Ltd told Sky Sports.
“Given the fact he is an international level player, combined with his performances at domestic level in recent seasons, he is a very attractive proposition.”
Lierse want to keep El-Gabbas, but the Egypt international seems set to leave the club when the transfer window reopens in the summer, having previously expressed interest in returning to England.
Scunthorpe extend Johansen loan
According to Sky Sports, Manchester City goalkeeper Eirik Holmen Johansen will remain on loan at League One side Scunthorpe United until the end of the season.
The Norway Under-23 international was brought to Glanford Park last month as cover for the injured hometown product Sam Slocombe.