David Moyes has been told he could sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton, but should forgo any thoughts of having Leighton Baines.
According to Manchester Evening News, the Merseyside club chairman Bill Kenwright has warned the United boss he will not be allowed to take Baines with him to Old Trafford.
Kenwright admitted he can do little to stop Moyes from triggering the Belgian’s £23m release clause- but insisted the other players are unavailable for sale.
“I’ve said to David, ‘We all know the situation at Everton. We all know there’s a player who’s got an escape clause, but the others are not for sale.
“Roberto (the new Everton manager) doesn’t want them to go and they don’t want to go.”
Moyes’ Old Trafford revolution will soon have him land Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela for £1 million from Penarol and has identified a number of targets, including Cesc Fabregas, Kevin Strootman and Thiago Alcantra.
Fellaini has indicated his interest to move away from Everton and his move would provide Roberto Martinez with the funds to spend in the transfer market.
Moyes is aware of the imminent depletion in United’s midfield after the departure of Paul Scholes and the impending move of Anderson to Porto as Monaco lines up a bid for Nani. Giggs will have fewer roles to play in Moyes’ side with the Welshman turning 40 in November.
It is believed that the Scot wants to provide some competition for Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley in the midfield, by making a ‘statement signing’.