The Mirror reported late on Tuesday evening that Manchester United have given up on signing Cesc Fabregas and will be attempting to snare Marouane Fellaini instead.
Fellaini had a release clause in his contract allowing him to be bought for £23.5 million but it is thought this expired on July 31, complicating any attempt by the Red Devils to sign him from Everton.
The Belgian media is also claiming United are stepping up their belated pursuit of the player, with reporter of national newspaper HLN tweeting the following:
HLN have subsequently published their article, stating that Fellaini is close to his 'dream transfer' in signing for Manchester United.
Fellaini is thought to be keen on a move to United as he could team up with former manager David Moyes, and it would also allow him to remain in the North West of England rather than having to relocate.
Their article states: "Red Devil Marouane Fellaini (25) has his dream transfer to a European club almost done: he is on his way to Manchester United."
However they go onto state no deal has yet actually been done for the midfielder, with no fee agreed and a contract yet to be offered, but that United have made contact with Everton over the past 24 hours.
Last week United were claimed to have offered a private apology to Everton for poaching their manager David Moyes, with a view to improving relations between the two clubs and paving the way for transfer activity.
Despite what the Belgian press claim, it is not as close as they make out, for Everton hold the cards on this one.
United allowing Fellaini's release clause to expire was an amateur-ish move, if the Toffees hold firm and demand more, which they are likely do to.
If they are unsuccessful and do not meet their asking price, it will be yet another failure in a summer full of them for United.
Are you confident United can get the deal done? Everton fans, what should the asking price be?
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