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United to step up Fellaini interest

Manchester United are expected to step up their interest in Marouane Fellaini as David Moyes’ long search for a midfielder continues.

Marouane Fellaini might not fit in Roberto Martinez's formation at Everton.
David Moyes signed Marouane Fellaini for Everton in 2008.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez stated there have been no bids for the Belgium international and a source told ESPN that there have been no talks between the clubs about Fellaini, let alone a formal offer for him yet, but that is likely to change.

Moyes is considering bringing Fellaini, who would probably cost around £24 million, to Old Trafford and United’s failure to land other targets means attention has switched to the 25-year-old. United saw Thiago Alcantara, who they had tried to sign, opt to join Bayern Munich instead while Barcelona have rejected two bids for Cesc Fabregas and insisted they do not want to sell the former Arsenal captain.

Meanwhile, Everton grew confident Fellaini would stay at Goodison Park, when a release clause in his contract expired at the end of July. However, Moyes is well aware of Fellaini’s ability and remains determined to bolster a midfield that has lost the retired Paul Scholes.

The United manager said after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with AIK Solna in Stockholm: "There will be reinforcements -- they will come and we will get them. I do think we will sign some players before the [transfer] window shuts."

Moyes made Fellaini Everton’s record signing in 2008, paying Standard Liege £15 million for him, and the Belgian has gone on to score 32 goals in 173 games for the Merseyside club.

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