Report: Everton-linked Nani wanted by Valencia

England's Kyle Walker in action with Portugal's Nani

The Portuguese forward is apparently seen as the ideal replacement for Sofiane Feghouli who has joined West Ham.

England's Kyle Walker in action with Portugal's NaniEngland's Kyle Walker in action with Portugal's Nani

Portuguese international Nani has caught the attention of the Valencia hierarchy as they search to find a cost-effective replacement for Sofiane Feghouli, according to Record.

Feghouli’s contract will expire at the end of the month, and it was announced yesterday that West Ham had snapped up the Algerian on a free transfer.

Feghouli, now 26, established himself on the footballing scene at Valencia, joining the club back in 2010, and has since made over 240 appearances for the club.

Sofiane Feghouli - Valencia v Atletico MadridSofiane Feghouli has joined West Ham

But after a disappointing campaign this time around, one that included the ill-fated Gary Neville experiment, Valencia now find themselves without an effective wideman.

And they are considering an offer for Nani as the ideal replacement, as he would not cost them a penny.

Everton too have been linked with the former Manchester United man, with Turkish paper Fanatik claiming the Toffees have earmarked Nani with his contract coming to an end.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the matchRonald Koeman has been linked with Nani

They report that the Portuguese international has had offers from Spain and England, but also that Everton are keen on bringing him back to English shores.

Nani was cast aside by Louis van Gaal, who ultimately sold him for just £4.7 million last year. But he has since impressed at Fenerbahce, scoring eight goals in his year in Turkey,

Nani is still only 29, despite spending eight years on the books at Old Trafford, where he marked his time at the club with a number of spectacular goals, matched with his eccentric celebrations.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesWhere will Nani go next?

Valencia’s interest will prove to be stern opposition for Ronald Koeman’s Everton, and it may now be the case that Nani will have a tough decision on his hands come the end of the month.

In the meantime, Portugal will be hoping he’ll be able to replicate some of the form he has shown in Istanbul, especially after having failed to beat Iceland on Tuesday.

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