Powerful midfielder Marouane Fellaini, a hulking box-to-box midfielder with a defensive nous and attacking guile, is to leave Everton for Manchester United in a £24m deal, according to a variety of reports this morning.
United manager David Moyes has long been linked with a raid on his former club Everton, with Fellaini and full back Leighton Baines both expected to be the subject of further bids following two combined attempts earlier in the summer.
While those efforts were shunned by Roberto Martinez and the Everton board, it is believed that a £24m fee would be substantial enough to allow United to enter personal negotiations with Fellaini over a permanent move.
However, that deadline day revelation has not gone done well with fans on Twitter, who believe that Moyes should either a: be looking at more of a playmaking midfielder instead of a Roy Keane type player or b: supplementing the addition of Fellaini with the playmaker.
If Fellaini is the sole focus of Moyes' deadline day business, then he may be in for a backlash…
Sure Ozil is a more exciting and skillful player than Fellaini but Fellaini is a CM which is exactly where we're short! #transfermuppets— James M (@jamesm_87) September 2, 2013
Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, then, i'll gladly calm down and wait for Jan!! #mufc— Reverse Football™ (@Das_Spiel_) September 2, 2013
We don't need Ozil. Want yes. We have Rooney in "10" hole. If he comes, where is Rooney to play? Fellaini is better at being a ball winner.— Kiko Raikkonen (@KikoDougies) September 2, 2013
Fellaini is definitely a panic buy for United. If Moyes really wanted him he would have gone out & signed him at the start of the summer.— Josh Spear Graham (@joshspeargraham) September 2, 2013
And, finally, one from an Everton fan…
I think I'll be more gutted about Fellaini going than when Arteta went. The Manc fans dont even want him. #Everton— Adrian Egley (@adyady14) September 2, 2013
Fellaini underwent a transition between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Whilst utilised more for his defensive qualities when he was first brought to Goodison Park, by the time he is expected to leave it, he will have added to the attacking elements of his game.
Fellaini's greatest assets prior to last season were his interception skills, his aerial tussles and his tackling success (85%). While a man of his physique will never cease to shy away from retrieving the ball from the air, it is more his gung-ho nature further afield that has evolved, going from a player scoring thrice in 2011-12, to being the club's top scorer the following season with 12.
It is potentially this side of his skill-set that Moyes will continue to nurture by slotting him next to Michael Carrick in the heart of United's midfield.
Regardless of his still burgeoning talents, Fellaini, though, may still represent a 'panic buy' for Moyes, especially when one considers he could have been bought for a cheaper fee earlier in the summer due to a release clause in his contract, which has now expired.
What do you think of the expected Fellaini transfer? Should Moyes be looking at more technical players who can split defences with a trivela through ball, or is the Belgium international the right fit for the reigning and defending Premier League champions? Tell us in the comment section below…