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Tuesday 03 September 2013

Fellaini: 'Being a Man Utd player is a dream'

Everton midfielder moves to Old Trafford while Roberto Martinez brings in three players

  • Fellaini in his last appearance for Everton, away to Cardiff at the weekend

  • James McCarthy has arrived at Goodison Park to be reunited with Martinez

  • After a season on loan at West Brom last season, Chelsea have lent out Lukaku to Everton

  • Barry, 32, has left Man City to join Everton on a season-long loan

  • Nigeria forward Anichebe has moved to West Brom on a three-year deal

Manchester United have announced the signing of Marouane Fellaini from Everton for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day.

The 25-year-old Belgium midfielder had made 141 Barclays Premier League appearances for Everton, scoring 25 goals. He rejoins United manager David Moyes, who brought him to Goodison Park in the summer of 2008. He is the club's second signing during the transfer window after Guillermo Varela.

"He is a player with great ability and strength and he will make a real difference to our squad"
David Moyes

"I have worked with Marouane for five years and I'm delighted he has decided to join Manchester United," Moyes told the United website. "He is a player with great ability and strength and he will make a real difference to our squad."

For Fellaini, the move to Old Trafford was a dream come true.

"I have known the manager for many years now and I have a lot of respect for his way of working," he said. "When I was given the opportunity to work with him again, I jumped at the chance.

"I had a fantastic time at Everton and I’d like to thank all the fans and staff there for everything they have done for me. But being a Manchester United player is something that every player dreams of and I believe that I can make a real contribution to the team’s efforts to win trophies in the future."

Fellaini's departure from Everton was accompanied by that of Victor Anichebe, the Nigeria forward, moving to West Bromwich Albion in a permanent deal. Anichebe's place in the Everton forward line will be taken by Romelu Lukaku, the Chelsea and Belgium forward who has joined on loan. The 20-year-old enjoyed a successful season-long loan at West Brom in the previous campaign, scoring 17 goals in 35 league appearances.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez also brought in two midfielders to offset the loss of Fellaini with James McCarthy, 22, joining for a fee of £13m from the Spaniard’s former side Wigan Athletic and Gareth Barry, 32, moving from Manchester City on a season-long loan.

Fellaini is set to make his United debut at home to Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League on 14 September. Later that day, Everton will face Chelsea at home in Saturday's evening kick-off.

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Key Points

  • Manchester United sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton
  • Everton replace Fellaini with Wigan's James McCarthy and Man City's Gareth Barry
  • Everton also sell Victor Anichebe to WBA and bring in Romelu Lukaku on loan