Red Devils manager David Moyes is close to signing one of his long-term targets in Fellaini and Everton are now working hard on signing his replacement, Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.
Manchester United have agreed a £24 million fee with Everton for Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Goal.com reports.
The two clubs have come to an agreement over the fee that United will pay for Fellaini and now they are just discussing the minor details of the deal, including payment structures.
Despite the fee being agreed, Everton are unwilling to sell Fellaini until they have signed their replacement, Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.
Everton had a £10 million bid for McCarthy rejected yesterday but the Toffees are set to make an improved offer before the transfer window closes at 11pm.
Reports on Sunday suggested that Fellaini was set to hand in a transfer request in a bid to force through his move to Manchester United.
However, this has not happen but both United and Everton expect a deal to go through before the transfer deadline.
Manchester United are also hoping to sign Everton’s Leighton Baines but the Toffees appear determined to hold onto the full-back, despite the England international privately telling Everton’s hierarchy that he would like to move to Old Trafford.
It may take a bid of around £20 million for United to sign Baines unless the full-back decides to hand in a transfer request.