bwin have slashed the price on Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini leaving the club to join his old boss David Moyes at Old Trafford after fresh speculation this morning suggested the new Manchester United manager is weighing up a move for his former player.
Moyes, who officially takes up his role as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor on July 1st, brought Fellaini to England when he signed him for the Goodison Park club from Standard Liege for a club record £15 million in 2008 and bwin now go just 5/2 – in from 13/4 – that the pair once again join forces at United.
The new Red Devils boss is said to still be in the process of assessing the squad he will inherit from Ferguson, one that has just secured a 20th top-flight title in comfortable fashion.
But one area where Moyes may feel that he can strengthen his new charges would be in the centre of midfield.
Incredibly, the Old Trafford club have not signed a central midfielder since 2007, when they recruited Owen Hargreaves and Anderson in the same close season, and upon looking at his team the Scot may have question marks over a few players in that position.
While Michael Carrick has enjoyed an outstanding season, winning the Player’s Player of the Year Award from his teammates, Paul Scholes is retiring, Anderson’s progression has stalled and Darren Fletcher’s future looks uncertain as he battles against the illness that has forced him to miss large chunks of the past two years.
That leaves Tom Cleverley as the only other out-and-out central midfielder that Moyes knows he can rely on, and in many ways, a move for the Belgium international makes sense.
For starters, much like the situation with Moyes, whose Everton contract was due to run out in June, there is little that Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright can do to stop the transfer happening.
It is widely known that Fellaini has a £24 million release clause written into his contract, allowing any club that bids that figure permission to speak to the player.
This, of course, is a scenario that has United holding all the cards, and Fellaini could be exactly what the team needs.
The Belgium international’s physicality is something that United have lacked in the middle of the pitch for a couple of seasons, while his versatility – he can just as easily play deep or as a ‘No.10’ as he has done many times for Everton – would be an asset for a side that will be competing on four fronts over the course of nine long months.
With 11 league goals to his name in 2012/13, Fellaini’s goal threat, especially from set-pieces, is evident and perhaps more importantly, Moyes will know exactly what he is buying and a familiar face may make the task of stamping his authority on his new team that bit easier.
bwin are also betting on Leighton Baines following Moyes to Old Trafford and go 15/4 that the former Wigan man ends up at Old Trafford.
You can back both players to sign for Manchester United in the summer transfer window at 7/1, while it is even money that neither player joins up with their former manager.