Manchester United to offer £40 million for Everton Pair

Manchester United boss David Moyes is closing in on his first signings since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sources close to indicate the former Everton manager is ready to return to his old stomping ground with £40 million in cash in a bid to snap up Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.

United have held a long term interest in Baines and already had a bid earlier in the summer rejected for the left-back while the club are set to also move Fellaini with Arsenal failing to broker a deal.

The club had a bid, believed to be £10 million, recently rejected for Baines but are now prepared to meet the club’s asking price, believed to be in the region of £16 million.

The arrival of the 28 year old to Old Trafford would pave the way for Patrice Evra to return to France with Monaco reportedly interested.

The 17 times capped England International enjoyed a fantastic campaign last time out scoring 7 goals and creating 6 in 44 games, featuring in all 38 Premier League games. His impressive form saw him named on the PFA team of the season.

Moyes is also believed to be ready to meet Fellaini release clause, which depending on what reports you read is anywhere between £22 and £25 million. The midfield powerhouse is an established Premier League star and is comfortable playing in a defensive or attacking role.

The 25 year old enjoyed his best Premier League season to date last year scoring 11 Premier League goals in 31 games.

The decision to move for Fellaini comes after it was revealed that Bayern Munich were closing on a move for one of Moyes top targets this summer, Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara.

The Spanish Under-21 star is tipped to be reunited with former Barca boss Pep Guardiola and that has forced the Scot into a re-think with Fellaini emerging as the backup.

Arsenal were believed to be in pole position to land the Belgian star but much like their pursuit of Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain the suddenly cash-rich Londoners have been unable to strike a deal.

That has allowed United to enter the fray and with Everton owner Bill Kenwright keen to claw back some of the money spent on Arouna Kone and Joel Robles a deal could be sanctioned once the asking prices are met.

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.