Fernandes signs for Everton on loan

January 31, 2007

Everton have confirmed the signing of Portugal midfielder Manuel Fernandes on a six-month loan deal, after international clearance was granted.

The 20-year-old spent the first six months of the Barclays Premiership season on loan at Portsmouth where he made 12 appearances for the south coast club and scored one goal in the Carling Cup against Mansfield.

Fernandes will vie with Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Lee Carsley, Andy van der Meyde and Phil Neville for a spot in midfield and manager David Moyes welcomed the player's arrival.

The Toffees boss told the club's official website: 'We are pleased to add him to the squad and we look forward to seeing him in action in the months ahead.'

Fernandes spent his formative years in Benfica's youth system and has represented Portugal at every level from under 15 upwards.

He gained his first full international cap in 2005, and scored on his second appearance for Phil Scolari's men - although he failed to play a part in last summer's World Cup in Germany.