Baines and Fellaini could follow Moyes to Manchester United

Everton confident of appointing a ‘significant’ successor to Moyes

Marouane Fellaini: expected to leave Everton in search of Champions League football.

Marouane Fellaini: expected to leave Everton in search of Champions League football.

Fri, May 10, 2013, 01:03


Everton would be powerless to prevent David Moyes returning for prized assets Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines this summer amid concern their manager will not be the last employee to leave for Manchester United.

Moyes will join United as a free agent on July 1st and is therefore entitled to return to his former club with offers for their key players.

Baines has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, though Everton have never received an approach from United for the England international, while Fellaini is expected to depart at the end of the season in search of Champions League football.

Everton insist they do not have to cash in on players this summer to appease the bank, with the next season’s record breaking television deal worth an extra €23.7million for each Premier League club and bringing greater stability to the finances at Goodison Park.

That would strengthen their hold on Baines but Everton would have to accept a €28 million offer from a Champions League club for Fellaini due to a buy-out clause in his contract .

Coaching staff
Members of Everton’s coaching staff, such as assistant manager Steve Round, and productive youth academy system figures could also follow Moyes to Old Trafford.

With Everton heading for a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, the additional television revenue and prospect of further funds from Fellaini, the club are confident of appointing an “equally significant” successor to Moyes, according to the club’s chairman Bill Kenwright.

Everton were caught out by United’s move for their long-serving manager who, despite delaying a decision on whether to sign a new contract at Goodison until the end of the season, they had anticipated would stay.
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