Liverpool are considering a future move in signing FC Porto midfielder Fernando, according to talkSPORT.
The 26-year-old's contract with the Portuguese champions runs out in the summer. He will be eligible to talk to foreign clubs from January over a possible transfer after the end of the season, if he declines signing a new deal at the club.
The report claims Liverpool have already made contact with Fernando's agent over a possible transfer in the mid-season transfer window as Brendan Rodgers is looking to bolster the Merseyside club's midfield.
The Reds currently have the services of skipper Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva in the defensive midfield role and the former Swansea manager believes the addition of Fernando will strengthen the squad.
The England international is out of action with a hamstring injury, leaving Rodgers with Allen and Lucas in the defensive midfield position. Liverpool will face competition from Italy as Serie A clubs Juventus, Napoli, Inter and Fiorentina are also believed to be interested in Fernando's signature.
However, talkSPORT claims that Liverpool are ready to offer higher wages to fend off interest from Italian clubs.
Meanwhile, Fernando's agent Antonio Araujo has revealed that anything can happen regarding the midfielder's future after admitting that Serie A outfits are keen on signing the Brazilian.
Fernando's representative has also admitted a move in January could also materialise after confirming that England could be the likely destination in future despite attracting strong interest from Italy.
"There is a great demand from Italian clubs, but we're talking about for the future anything can happen," Fernando's agent told Tutto Mercato Web.
"As I said, anything can still happen, a situation in the making. He could leave Portugal in January or at the end of the season. The one thing is that the Premier League would be a welcome destination for Fernando," Araujo said.
Fernando's agent has not ruled out of signing a contract extension with Porto in order to continue with his current employers beyond this season.
"We are grateful to Porto, Fernando has given so much to the Portuguese club and received a lot of companies and supporters. The contract expires in June but has not said its last word, I cannot say too much and to this. I do not exclude the renewal and retention at the Porto," he added.