It was revealed 24 hours ago by new Valencia signing Seydou Keita that he had snubbed an offer from Premier League side Liverpool, illustrating the Reds were in the market for a central midfielder.
So it's with note that their continued interest in Porto midfielder Fernando has been touched upon by newspaper Record.
Fernando was linked with a deadline day transfer to Manchester City, also with Manchester United in the preceding days.
Yet it is Liverpool who are best placed to sign him in the summer, when his contract expires.
The newspaper Record, claims Liverpool remain in touch with Fernando's agent: "Record knows the representative of Fernando also maintained contacts with Liverpool and may have at hand a proposal for the end of the season."
Fernando, nicknamed the Octopus, is seen as one of the best defensive midfielders in Portugal.
For Liverpool securing the 26-year-old as cover for Lucas Leiva would be a major coup and add depth to their squad, vital if they finish the season in the top four.
Whether they are fortunate enough to land him, is on the other hand another issue.
The Mirror reported last night that Fernando's representatives are hopeful a deal can be struck still with Manchester City.
What is clear is that he will be off, having told Porto of his intent to move on, and clubs can already begin talks with regard to securing him on a pre-contract agreement.
It may well be that Record are correct and Fernando has a tentative proposal from Liverpool, but the player may just be holding out to (a) see if the Reds land a Champions League spot and (b) if he feels a better offer comes along.
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