here it is confirmed at last
Everton have completed the loan signing of Manuel Fernandes from Benfica - and manager David Moyes is delighted.
The 20-year-old Portugal international has joined on an initial six-month loan deal.
Moyes told evertonfc.com: "We are pleased to add him to the squad and we look forward to seeing him in action in the months ahead."
Negotiations for the combative midfielder were on-going for the last week, with the player passing his medical at Bellefield more than seven days ago.
Fernandes spent the first six months of the season on loan at Portsmouth.
He made 12 appearances for the south-coast side before returning to Benfica last month.
Fernandes is a product of Benfica's youth system, and has represented Portugal at every level from under 15 upwards.
He gained his first full international cap in 2005, and scored on his second appearance for Phil Scolari's men.
He missed out on the 2006 World Cup squad but joined Pompey on loan in the summer, netting his first goal in English football in a Carling Cup game against Mansfield.