David Moyes had a sterling EPL debut with the Red Devils, as Manchester United downed Swansea City, 4-1, in the opener. However, it will take more than a few good performances to keep fans on high if he doesn't add a quality player before the end of the transfer deadline.
It's been a rough summer on the transfer wire for the Red Devils. After dreams of adding the likes of Cesc Fabregas or even a spectacular return for Cristiano Ronaldo, Red Devils fans are still waiting for the first signing to make some waves.
While Marouane Fellaini may not be on the scale of the players I just mentioned, he'd be a marvelous acquisition for Moyes.
In this instance, however, it would behoove Moyes not to get to greedy.
Dominic King of the Daily Mail reports that Moyes has already made a pitch to Everton about Fellaini. However, that pitch also included Leighton Baines. King reports that the "£28million double bid was described by Everton as ‘derisory and insulting.’"
According to King, Moyes must not care if he ruffled a few feathers because he is going to increase his efforts on landing the pair.
Of course, there are conflicting reports here. Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror reports United are set to off £18 million for just Fellaini.
That is all well and good except for the fact that, as Mullock notes, that offer is "well below the valuation of Fellaini's contract."
If there is truth to these reports, one has to wonder if Moyes is simply playing games with his old club. Everton is still stinging from his defection to Old Trafford, after all.
While I can't be clear on that, what is clear is that Moyes should step up and make a serious offer. Fellaini is the kind of box-to-box midfielder the Red Devils need.
With other players fitting this bill slipping past United's grasp, it is time for the defending champs to stop trying so hard to land a bargain. Fellaini is worth it, and he would instantly play a vital role on Manchester United.
Also, he would appear to welcome the switch—at least according to Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail:
Manchester United manager David Moyes is increasingly confident of signing Marouane Fellaini, while the Everton midfielder is also set on a move to Old Trafford.
The Belgian, 25, had a buy-out clause in his contract worth £23million but it expired at the end of July, when United were still chasing Cesc Fabregas.
I'm not sure where the confidence of Moyes, alluded to by Wheeler, would be coming from, and maybe that's the problem. Perhaps Moyes feels that as time in this transfer window goes by, Everton will have to unload Fellaini on the cheap.
However, the last team I expect Everton to offer up a bargain to right now is Manchester United. It's time to open up the checkbooks at Old Trafford and finally bring in a player who can make a big difference.