Marouane Fellaini will still join Manchester United before the transfer window closes, according to reports in Belgium, despite Everton turning down the side's first bid for the star.
The Toffees confirmed that an offer had been submitted for Fellaini and Leighton Baines in the region of €33m. They claimed such an amount was insulting for their two best players but were coy over the possibility of whether they are in fact for sale.
Fellaini is clearly admired by former Everton manager David Moyes and the Scot is well versed on the transfer workings at his old club. The bid was a particularly curious one as the 50 year old would be aware of how much the midfielder was worth but could be merely a tactical ploy by United as they look to capture their first big name signing of the window.
And Belgian newspaper Sport Wereld is now claiming that the deal will be done before deadline day, with Moyes and Fellaini both confident that he will be wearing a red shirt in the coming weeks.
United reportedly believe that they can land Fellaini for €20m rather than his current €27m exit clause with Moyes of the belief that the Belgium international isn't worth that much money.
But the club have made it known that they are willing to part with upwards of €30m for a midfielder, having bid as much on Cesc Fabregas, and Everton will be keen to get as much money as they can for their top scorer.
The idea of Fellaini following Moyes to Old Trafford was always a likely option, with United facing big problems in their midfield department and Moyes having worked with the player for so long.
United began their 2013/14 campaign with a convincing win over Swansea but the need to purchase more players before the transfer window closes in order to calm fans over the managerial changeover at the club has been ever-present.
And Fellaini would certainly offer such a boost to the squad, having been monitored by United for multiple seasons now.