Report: Liverpool in Portugal to scout €20m Everton and Southampton target

Liverpool have reportedly sent scouts to watch Braga midfielder Rafa Silva.

Silva has been linked with a transfer to the Premier League for a number of weeks, with both Everton and Southampton linked with his services in the January transfer window.

A Bola referenced the Saints interest at the start of the transfer window, as well as his €20 million release clause, whilst O Jogo confirmed that Everton had been scouting the thrice-capped Portuguese international.

Able to play on both wings, as well as through the middle of the pitch, the Toffees were reportedly looking at the 21-year-old as a long-term replacement for Kevin Mirallas. There has been no indication that they have started formal negotiations for the highly-rated youngster, and it has now been reported that they will likely face competition from their Merseyside rivals for Silva.

Once again, O Jogo - quoted by Sport Witness - claim that scouts were out in force for Braga’s 2-0 victory over Estoril, and were there to see Silva in action.

The winger’s performances over the last year have been earning glowing reviews in his homeland, as well as international recognition, and it would come as no surprise to see him make the step up to the Premier League in the near future. With the transfer window now closed, both clubs will have to hold off signing Silva until the summer, and if his impressive performances continue, it is likely that there will be even more suitors keen on securing his services for his €25 million release clause.

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