Udinese are in advanced talks to sign Novara midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to sporting director Fabrizio Larini.
The 18-year-old has turned heads in his debut season in Serie B, scoring three goals in 14 appearances and reportedly attracting the attention of a host of Serie A clubs.
But it appears the Bianconeri have stolen a march in the race to sign the Portuguese, with Larini telling Tuttomercatoweb.com: "There is a deal, it is true.
"We have spoken and we're talking about it with Novara as perhaps other people are doing.
"We hope to reach an agreement as soon as possible."