Fernando may be Everton's man as Barry deal now looks unlikely

Gareth Barry At Villa

For much of the summer, Everton have been on the lookout for a new midfielder. Those linked with the club include James McCarthy of Wigan, Gareth Barry from Manchester City and now Porto's Fernando.

Barry is an England international and a person who has a Premier League winner’s medal. Both of these are impressive feats to achieve in a career, and lately he has been linked with a loan move to Everton.

Barry seems to be surplus to requirements at Manchester City, with manager Manuel Pellegrini preferring to use new signing Fernandinho in the midfield.

How good a signing can Barry be for Everton ? Surely, it would make sense.

No matter where Everton end up with Marouanne Fellaini, they could do with another midfielder. Barry would supply a degree of balance in the side, being left-footed, and the club would undoubtedly benefit from his as years of experience.

Barry is underestimated by many viewers of the game – though not by Martin O’Neill, who famously played hardball over the midfielder’s transfer fee when they were both at Aston Villa.

Barry also has the ability to control a game - he can dictate the play well and likes to receive the ball from the back four. He can also be a calming influence when a game gets frantic. His style of play seems to suit that of Roberto Martinez – especially as the Everton boss likes to play the full-backs fairly high up the field to give a midfielder options to pick out.

Yet Everton’s interest in Barry seems to have cooled, with Fernando of Porto now being linked with the club. He does look to be a very exciting player, and it’s not often that's said about a defensive midfielder.

Nicknamed the Octopus, Fernando seems to do play a similar role to Barry, though of slighter build and with a bit more drive about him. His slight build is misleading, however, as his possesses a great deal of strength, and he his ability to break up the play. With Fernando being 26-years-old, this would appear to be a more long-term solution to Everton’s midfield scenario.

But with all this happening, does this affect whether Wigan’s James McCarthy will link up with his old boss again ?

McCarthy provides a goal threat, and seems to be a bit more of a box-to-box midfielder than either Fernando or Barry. He is also a player that Martinez seems to trust in the middle of the park, though cynics will argue about whether or not he is good enough to play in the heart of Everton's midfield.

Who do you think Everton should go for with the deadline fast approaching ?

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