Fellaini ready to snub Arsenal in favour of United move

Arsenal look set to miss out on Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini

According to the London Evening Standard the 25 year old is ready to snub a move to the Emirates in favour of a reunion with former boss David Moyes.

The Toffee’s star is hotly tipped to leave Merseyside this summer after expressing a desire to play at a higher level and could open talks with club once they meet his £23.5 million release clause.

Arsenal were believed to be the front-runners for his signature whilst Chelsea were also keeping tabs on the situation however it now looks like United will trump both teams and snap up the midfielder.

Despite the reports of an imminent move for the Belgian star, and his Goodison Park team mate Leighton Baines Everton manager Roberto Martinez has issued yet another hands off warning to the reigning Premier League Champions.

Speaking after his side beat Accrington Stanley 4-1 midweek Martinez said “This is the moment of having speculation, having talks and clubs looking around. I see it as a real compliment – you don’t get that if you don’t perform well,’

‘We are Everton and we want to keep our best performers and we have got our own aims and that is very clear.

‘We are not losing any sleep over that [speculation]. We are really focused and trying to work as well as we can as a group, making sure that every day counts towards where we want to get.’

However the Spaniards protests appear to have fallen on deaf ears with David Moyes set to push ahead with his bid to sign Fellaini.

The potential transfer received a ringing endorsement from former United midfielder Lou Macari.

Speaking to TalkSport radio the 64 year old said “What Fellaini gives you, which Fabregas doesn’t, is goals,”

He likes to get forward and I’m not sure [Fabregas] gives you that. What Fabregas does do, though, is give you the ability to knock the balls around.

“They desperately need someone in there. There are one or two players missing at the moment. Ashley Young is out injured, Antonio Valencia is not on the Far East tour, Ryan Giggs is not getting any younger and Paul Scholes is gone.

“People were screaming last season for a midfield player to come in and this year the need is even greater.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.