Everton sign the next Patrick Viera, but does it move Marouane Felliani towards the exit?

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Updated: January 28, 2013
Fellaini pic via Nick/Flickr

Everton have agreed a deal to sign Holland international midfielder Leroy Fer from FC Twente in a deal believed to be in the region of €10m.

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David Moyes has beaten off competition from a number of European clubs including Benfica, Juventus, Newcastle and Spurs to secure the services of Fer.

The 23-year-old is known in Holland as the ‘Bouncer’ for his strong physical appearance and will follow in the footsteps of former Toffees midfielders Lee Carsley and Thomas Gravesen, who would not have looked out of place holding a clipboard outside some of the popular night clubs in Liverpool.

Moyes is believed to be a long term admirer of Fer, following his progress since 2010 when he came through the ranks at Feyenoord before joining FC Twente for a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million.

The player, who has been likened to Patrick Viera because of his robust but creative playing style, has scored 10 goals in 29 appearances during his time with Twente.

It has been speculated that Fer could be a long term replacement for the mercurial Marouane Felliani. Chelsea and both Manchester clubs are believed to be tracking Felliani, who is understood to have a £22 million trigger clause in his contract.

However with only four days left in the transfer window, it appears that the big Belgian international will be an Everton player until the summer at the least.

It also appears that Moyes will not have to part with any other members of his squad in order to raise the money for the deal.

The defensive midfielder’s arrival will be a timely boost to Everton who are currently sitting in fifth place in the table, just three points behind Spurs.

Last season, Moyes signed Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic from Manchester United, Spurs and Rangers respectively in the winter transfer window and it transformed the Toffees season.

Moyes will be hoping the arrival of Fer can provide the same spark and propel Everton into the top four.

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