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Thursday, 05 September 2013 03:31

Manchester United sign Everton Fellaini

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Manchester United have finally agreed terms with Everton for the midfielder Marouane Fellaini, deal worth £27.5m which was completed in the late stages of the last day of the transfer deadline.

Manchester United originally submitted an offer of £28m for both Fellaini and Baines in August, but this was flatly refused by Everton and in fact the club went so far as describing the offer as ‘derisory’. In end, sports betting punters with cash on the transfer, would have holding their breath as the move for just the Belgian was completed 51 minutes after the 23:00 BST deadline on Monday!

There is an obvious relationship and familiarity between the player and David Moyes, as the manager was the one who originally signed the player from Standard Liege for £15m in 2008 to play at Everton. There is no secret that Moyes valued the player at Everton, and sees him as someone who can help the Old Trafford midfield as well as being versatile enough to play in a wide range of positions on the pitch. Also, the Belgian International has a few goals in him, as he was Everton’s top scorer last season with twelve goals from all competitions.

Although the player is a good solid signing, Manchester United fans and football pundits will can’t help but wonder if he is the type of payer that Old Trafford really need in the middle of the park. It is no secret that The Red Devils lack creativity and passing inspiration in the middle of the pitch, something that Fellaini is not known for. When looking at the players that United have tried to sign during the summer, like Fabregas, Mata and Ander Herrera, Fellaini definitely comes up short.

The only other signings that Manchester United have managed to complete are defender Guillermo Varela and Saidy Janko, nothing that really shows any serious thought in plugging that gap in the midfield. United’s last game against Liverpool highlighted the absence of any inspiration coming from the middle of the park, and it boiled over in frustration with Van Persie arguing with nearly every Liverpool player on the pitch. Is it any wonder the English Premier League title holders are third favourites to retain the title.