'David Moyes secures £8.5 million deal for Dutch star' - Those were the headlines in January when Everton had appeared to clinch a deal for Leroy Fer.
But suddenly Everton 'bottled' the deal after concerns over Fer's knee - Only to see him feature as a starter in every single one of FC Twente's final 14 games in the Eredivisie.
He was also called up to the UEFA Under-21 Championships by Holland, scoring a winner over Germany and a goal against Russia, featuring in all four of his country's matches.
Everton are believed to be regretting the decision not to push ahead with a move, considering a bid again this summer - but it is all too probable that the midfielder is not too far away from the thoughts of David Moyes at Manchester United, the manager who tried to bring him to Goodison Park just six months before.
The Scotsman said this in January before the move collapsed: "He's a really good player. He's someone who we've liked for a long time. He's young and he's certainly an up-and-coming prospect."
Fer is the sort of physical player typical to a Moyes midfield, nicknamed 'The Bouncer' due to his combative style of play. He was even touted as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini - a player also linked with joining his former boss.
He scored a total of 13 goals for his club last season in all competitions, also providing seven assists, and at 23 is likely to get even better.
His all action style of play would be suitable to the English game, and offer United a different dimension to the game they have at present, also at a bargain price.
With Darren Fletcher's future unknown at the club, Fer would be a worthwhile investment for United. They have yet to give no indication as to their transfer targets despite the mass of rumour concerning Thiago Alcantara and Fer's fellow Dutchman Kevin Strootman.
While weighing up his options, Fer's name is at least expected to be somewhere in Moyes' thoughts while he assesses his options and prepares to make his moves.
Leroy Fer - Good option for Manchester United?
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