Everton target Fernando undergoes work permit hearing?

Roberto Martinez of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on August 17, 2013
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A report suggests that reported Everton target Fernando is awaiting the outcome of his work permit hearing.

Brazilian midfielder Fernando has reportedly had a work permit hearing in London amid speculation that he is close to signing for Everton.

It has been claimed that manager Roberto Martinez has identified the 26-year-old as a potential replacement for Marouane Fellaini, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United.

While the result of the hearing has not been made public, Martinez was in attendance to add weight to the Fernando's case, according to Sky Sports News.

The midfielder joined his Portuguese employers in 2007 from Vila Nova.

Victor Anichebe of Everton in action during the preseason friendly match between Austria Wien and FC Everton at the Generali Arena on July 14, 2013
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