Manchester United have had a £20m bid accepted for Marouane Fellaini as the side come close to sealing their first major signing of the transfer window, reports claim.

Fellaini was believed to be on David Moyes' wishlist from the beginning of the summer when he moved from Everton to United but an official offer did not arrive until earlier this month.

A joint offer for Fellaini and Toffees star Leighton Baines was swiftly turned down by Everton, with the side claiming that a bid of £35m for the two players was derisory.

However, the Metro is now claiming that Moyes is pushing to bring in Fellaini and has finally come to an agreement after sorting out his differences with his old club to purchase the midfielder.

With the midfield identified as a possible area of weakness for United this season following the retirement of Paul Scholes, it is perhaps of little surprise that Moyes is keen to recruit a player he knows so well.

Moyes will certainly be looking at improving the midfield area at Old Trafford but so far his pursuits have proven fruitless. Both Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas turned down the possibility of a move to the Red Devils and with only days left in the transfer window the side will be desperate to land at least one big name to help defend the title.

Gareth Bale was also believed to be a target for United but Moyes insisted this week that so far the Tottenham winger is not a serious target for the club.

Fellaini has excelled in the Premier League and last season demonstrated his ability against Manchester United when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Sir Alex Ferguson's side at Goodison Park.

The Belgium international's powerful performances have caught the eye of numerous managers but it seems United have won the race to sign the midfielder.