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Exclusive: Man United to Offer Marouane Fellaini as Bait In Pursuit of £19m Everton Wide-Man Seamus Coleman

Old Trafford side to use former Goodison Park favourite in move to capture Republic of Ireland international.

Man United continue to pursue Everton right-back Seamus Coleman and boss Louis van Gaal will offer former Toffees star Marouane Fellaini in a part-exchange deal for the Republic of Ireland international in January.

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Though the Old Trafford boss has been impressed with the recent efforts of Brazilian full-back Rafael the Dutch manager is still keen on luring the 25 year old Everton star to the club when the transfer window reopens.

Louis van Gaal is keen to re-shape his Man United defence and as well as eyeing up a fresh central defensive option he will also hope to tempt Coleman into a move.

Man United paid £27.5m for Fellaini last summer and the Belgian powerhouse is not seen by van Gaal as a key part of his plans and he has therefore been encouraged to use the player as a makeweight in a deal that may tempt Roberto Martinez, especially if Coleman signals his desire to consider such a switch.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright paid just £60k to sign Coleman from Sligo Rovers back in 2009 and he has gone on to become one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.

Van Gaal believes the full-back pairing of Coleman and Shaw will provide a solidity at the back as well as a urgency going forward and should his efforts to use Fellaini as bait fail then chief executive Ed Woodward will look to push through a straight cash bid in the region of £19m.

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