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Marouane Fellaini: How Everton Star Would Fit at Old Trafford Under David Moyes

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  David Moyes the manager of Everton congratulates Marouane Fellaini as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on April 28, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMay 20, 2013

It's the first day after campaign's end, so prepare for "silly season" to commence.

Transfers will be suggested left, right and centre; no club in England, with the possible exception of Chelsea, are looking at the prospect of fending off as many rumours as Manchester United.

David Moyes officially joins the Red Devils on July 1, but planning for the 2013-14 season will begin with immediate effect. First on the agenda, Sky Sports (h/t The Mirror) hint, is the transfer of Marouane Fellaini:

If I'm leaving Everton, I say if, it will depend on lots of factors. I only want to go to a club where the manager really wants me.

In 2008, Everton did everything to convince me, especially David Moyes. He made me the player I am now.

I'm happy with my season, although I didn't play in my best position—I'm not a No. 10.

Here marks the difference between two great English clubs: One counting transfer targets and cutting loose the players they don't want or need, the other facing a fight to hold onto their best players after a promising season to build on.

Everton fans are convinced their Belgian star is as good as gone, but is Manchester United an appropriate fit?

The key is the position. Fellaini has explicitly stated he does not want to play behind the striker despite his unmatched aerial dominance in that role.

His natural position is defensive midfield, sitting in deeper areas of the field where he can playmake, tackle, intercept and start counterattacks

Sitting alongside Michael Carrick in a 4-4-1-1 or a 4-2-3-1, the two would form a mobile partnership that's both defensively conscious and offensively potent. With natural height and instinct on their side, a formidable holding pivot beckons.

But there is one concern.

Neither player can open their legs and shuttle 40 yards up the pitch, forcing the matter. Fellaini isn't slow, but he can't replicate what Sami Khedira—as untidy as he is, at times—does for Real Madrid or Fernandinho does for Shakhtar Donetsk.

United fans are now well-accustomed to transfer links to Kevin Strootman and Victor Wanyamafrom talkSPORT and numerous other sources—so price tag and value factor strongly in the Fellaini deal.

The Belgian's rumoured buyout clause is £23 million, according to The Mirror. He's a tactical fit at United and beloved by Moyes, but is he better value than Strootman or Wanyama?

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