Premier League champions Manchester United have agreed a £24m fee for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, according to Goal.com. The report claims the clubs have a verbal understanding and are in advanced talks to bring the Belgian international to Old Trafford on deadline day.
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However, the report adds, the future of England left-back Leighton Baines is uncertain. The defender is also a target for former Everton boss David Moyes but the Toffees value their star at £20m and United have failed to reach an agreement on that count.
According to the Express, Moyes' personal relationship with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is likely to complete the deal for both Fellaini and Baines. It is believed both players are keen on a move to the champions and the report claims a £40m deadline day offer for the pair could convince the Goodison Park club to release their two star players, despite differences in initial valuation.
Moyes has already stated United will not be rushed into buying players on deadline day but having failed in multiple bids for Spain stars Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas and with only unknown youngster Guillermo Varela to show for their summer's transfer activities, the new man at Old Trafford's helm is under pressure to announce at least one big-name signing.
Basque playmaker Ander Herrera remains a possible last-minute signing but Athletic Bilbao have made it very clear they will not negotiate a sale unless potential suitors meet the release clause in the 24-year-old midfielder's contract - which stands at £31m.
Moyes has struggled in the transfer market so far, something which the Scot accepts. However, he remains confident that he can achieve success this season even if he does not add new faces.
Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez is understood have approached his former club Wigan Athletic over a £12.5m deal for James McCarthy and has also contacted Manchester City over fringe duo Joleon Lescott and Gareth Barry.
Usain Bolt Makes United Transfer Demand
Multiple gold medal-winning track star Usain Bolt, a self-avowed United fan, has joined the chorus of voices asking Moyes to sign a midfielder. The 27-year-old Jamaican posted a video on Instagram, saying: "I'm big fan of Manchester United. Dave Moyes, we need a creative midfielder, one that can pass and create opportunities, right now. More control. Serious face."