Report: Aston Villa and Everton target Rolando agrees Anderlecht switch

FC Porto’s Rolando was linked with a move to the Premier League.

Aston VIlla and Everton had a long-standing interest in the Portuguese international centre-back, with ESPN reporting that they intended to move for him in the January transfer window.

An experienced central defender would have been a valuable asset for either club, but, as the window drew to a close, there were no indications that the 29-year-old would be leaving Porto for the Premier League. La Gazzetta dello Sport suggested yesterday that Serie A club Internazionale were winning the race for his signature, but they also failed to seal his signing before the close of the window, despite his apparent willingness to return to the San Siro, having spent last season on loan with the club.

Regardless, his future at Porto was still looking bleak, and Rolando secured the move away from his adopted homeland, with Belgian media outlet HLN claiming that he agreed a loan deal with Anderlecht just before the transfer window ended.

The move will see the experienced centre-half remain with the Jupiler Pro League club until the end of the current campaign, and, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, it opens the potential for the Belgian club to agree a full-time contract with him ahead of the summer.

For Everton and Villa, they can monitor his progress with Anderlecht, and decided whether to also move for him in the coming months by offering him a contract, and securing his services on a free transfer in the summer.

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