As reports suggest that David Moyes will not be signing either Baines or Fellaini, could he move for two of their teammates instead?
It was inevitable that David Moyes’ appointment as the next Manchester United manager would lead to speculation about who he would bring with him.
The fact that United had long been linked with a move for left-back Leighton Baines meant he was first on the list, swiftly followed by the all-action midfielder fans had been craving for many seasons – step forward Marouane Fellaini.
The prospect of Moyes leaving Goodison Park only to return to rob the club of two of its most prized assets was always a long shot. But Sports Direct News has now reported that Moyes has agreed a “hands-off” deal prohibiting him from moving for either player.
Which is all well and good if true, but the report says nothing about two other Everton players who could both play a role at United.
Reports today have already suggested that defender Phil Jagielka could be the subject of a £10 million Moyes bid. And while at first glance it makes little sense, more careful consideration suggests otherwise.
While Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have returned to something resembling their old form, there is a suggestion that both players are coming to the end of their time at United. And despite three excellent replacements in Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, Jagielka would bring the necessary experience should Vidic leave and Ferdinand succumb to the injuries he is trying so hard to prevent.
At 30, the Everton centre-back would be Moyes’ voice on the pitch, old enough to command respect but young enough to play for three or four more years at the top level.
The other player, yet to be linked with United, is Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas; a player Moyes signed for £6million just last summer.
He also happened to score both goals in his manager’s farewell home match last Sunday.
While predominately a right winger (where he has started 15 games this season) he can also play on the left, a fact that may interest United fans who have grown used to erratic displays from their own wide-men this season.
While Wilfried Zaha and Antonio Valencia will compete for a position on the right, Mirallas would have the chance to make the left side his own. With the likely departure of Nani and the failure of Ashley Young to consistently deliver, United require balance and dynamism. The 25-year-old would provide that in abundance.
So while Everton may have secured the future of two of their players, what chance Moyes returning for a couple more?
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