Three varying Fellaini replacements Everton could consider

Marouane Fellaini

After losing their manager to Manchester United, Everton will hope they do not give up one of their best players as well.

Marouane Fellaini has played a big part in the Toffees success since joining from Anderlecht in the summer of 2008 and the Merseyside club will not want to part with such a key player.

Everton will not want to lose the Belgian but it would be hard to turn down an offer from Man United around the £30 million mark, but if he did go the question is how will they cope without him?

Perhaps under the management of Martinez you could say that there would be better suited players than Fellaini in the Spaniard's system.

Roberto Martinez has already begun to bring in some familiar faces to his new club from his previous employers at Wigan Arouna Koné, Joel Robles and Antolín Alcaraz have already joined the club this summer, so don't be surprised if Martinez targets Wigan's James McCarthy who would fit into the Everton midfield very well. The Irishman will have the added bonus of having Premier League experience having played for the Latics since 2009, making 115 appearances.

Two other alternatives to fill the role of Fellaini are both more established in the game but are still within Everton's budget and both can bring a lot of talent to Goodison Park. Mohamed Diame of West Ham United would fit into the starting eleven very well, he can being the strength a physicality of Fellaini with the added vision and passing range.

Another option, if Everton want to dip into the European market is Yoann Gourcuff from Lyon, an extremely talented midfielder who despite showing a lot of promise has never really lived up to his potential, maybe a change of league will reinvigorate him, he's still only 27 so he definitely still has time to make his mark in the Premier League.

All three are differing type of players, and the approach they go for would depend on how Martinez sees Fellaini fitting into his system in the first place.

I'm sure Everton fans will hope that they don't have to resort to any of these alternatives and keep Fellaini out of the clutches of his old manager David Moyes and Manchester United. But if they did, who would be best?

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