David Moyes, speaking after the Toffees’ 2-1 home victory over Sunderland, told reporters that Fellaini would only be for sale at a “big price”, but failed to quash rumours that the Belgium international would be exiting Goodison Park.
“I’m not in the mood to keep the fight going all the time, because I’ve lost a few players now, but the ones we’ve lost – they’ve paid for,” said the Scottish gaffer.
“I think we’ve got to the stage at Everton where we say, ‘Look, we’ve lost some really good players but I don’t think it’s stopped us from progressing the team.
“We sold Lescott, we sold Arteta and we’ve all felt really down when we’ve lost those players but we’ve had to pick ourselves up and go and find other ones.”
The 6 foot 4 midfielder has been in excellent form for his club this season, playing further forward in the Toffees’ midfield behind striker Nikica Jelavic, contributing six goals in ten appearances in the Premier League.
Now, Fellaini has informed reporters that he will be looking for a new challenge sooner rather than later, despite signing a five year contract at Goodison just over a year ago.
“I’ve seen everything with Everton and in January or at the end of the season, I will turn to a new club or a new league,” said the 24-year-old.
It is believed Chelsea are the most keen to sign the towering midfielder – the Evertonian would add some much needed height to Roberto Di Matteo’s short and speedy midfield.
Disgruntled 21-year-old Oriol Romeu is reportedly in talks with Valencia about a return to La Liga, meaning Di Matteo will need to find a suitable replacement. Fellaini is eligible to play in the Champions League this season, making him a more desirable prospect than other potential January transfers.
The London-based club are considering launching a £30million bid for the Belgian in the New Year.