Sky Sports are reporting that former Manchester United manager David Moyes wishes to make a deal to bring Marouane Fellaini to The Stadium of Light.
It’s no secret that the new Sunderland manager is a keen admirer of the Belgian, having purchased him for Everton from Standard Liege in 2008. Moyes then famously bought Fellaini as a last-minute purchase on transfer deadline day during his ill-fated 10 months in charge at United.
The news comes from Sky journalist Kaveh Solhekol, who also tweeted that Moyes is interested in taking Adnan Januzaj, Fellaini’s compatriot to the North East.
Sunderland manager David Moyes says he’s interested in signing Marouane Fellaini & Adnan Januzaj from Manchester United
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 1, 2016
It doesn’t stop there, either. Nick Lustig’s report on Sky Sports’ website reads thus:
When asked whether he would like to bring the pair to Sunderland, Moyes said: “If anyone of those players want to join us, I would be happy to have them because they are excellent players.”‘
The news that Moyes is targeting United’s two Belgians is unlikely to cause much of a stir within the club’s fanbase, with many expecting that a summer move would materialise for at least one of these players once Jose Mourinho took over at the club.
In the case of Fellaini, who made 34 appearances for Louis van Gaal last season and notched four goals, a departure from Old Trafford cannot come soon enough for some. The Belgian, whilst a key part of United’s FA Cup triumph last season with his goals in the quarter and semi finals against West Ham United and Everton, has failed to convince the club’s fanbase that he has a long-term future in the club’s midfield thanks to the limited nature of his play. However, the likelihood of a move may depend on the player himself, with Mark Ogden in The Independent reporting that Mourinho has told Fellaini that he has plans for him this upcoming season, and that the Belgian is keen on staying and fight for his place.
In the case of Januzaj, a move away from United now seems inevitable having failed to become a part of United’s first team plans in the two years since his breakout season under Moyes. Reports also suggest that Mourinho has all but confirmed that Januzaj won’t feature in his side, making a move all but inevitable.