According to a report on Setanta Sports, Everton have confirmed they are seeking to capture Portugal international Joao Moutinho from Sporting.
Moutinho was man-of-the-match in the opening game of PortugalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Euro 2008 campaign and, at 21 years of age, is tipped for a huge future.
Everton need a central midfielder following the release of Lee Carsley to Birmigham and injury to Tim Cahill and in SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s edition of Portuguese paper A Bola, Everton director Keith Wyness confirmed Moutinho is an option.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The arrival of Joao Moutinho is a big possibility for us,Ã¢â‚¬Â Wyness was quoted as saying in A Bola.
Sporting value Moutinho at around Ã‚Â£16 million, but Everton hope they can negotiate that price down with a complex bid based on future achievements.
Chelsea had also been linked with the player, but chief executive Peter Kenyon confirmed Ã¢â‚¬ËœChelsea are not interested in this playerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
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