Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines will be a reported £40million target of new Manchester United boss David Moyes.
The 50-year-old Scot will be installed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford on a six-year deal from July 1 and it appears his first job will be to bolster two areas of the Red Devils’ squad with a double swoop on the Toffees.
Belgium international Fellaini has a £23million buy-out clause in his Goodison Park contract which Moyes will meet in order to beat the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal to his signature.
Moyes will look to partner Fellaini with England international Michael Carrick in the midfield engine room as Paul Scholes is close to retirement, Anderson has been inconsistent while Darren Fletcher’s ongoing medical problem means he has struggled to feature in the past 12 months.
Moyes is also thought to be looking at snapping up £17million-rated England international left-back Baines as a long-term successor to French veteran Patrice Evra.
Ferguson brought in Alexander Buttner on a five-year deal from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem after failing to secure a deal for Baines last summer. But Moyes is likely to have more success in getting the player to join him at Old Trafford which will leave Buttner as a squad player or on his way out.
However, with such a huge outlay on the cards then there is set to be at least one big-name departure to fund it which could see Wayne Rooney finally granted his wish to leave the club despite United’s insistence that he is not for sale.
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