David Moyes has revealed that Marouane Fellaini's move was left until the last minute because Manchester United were hoping to sign Leighton Baines from Everton too.
The Premier League champions swooped for the full-back alongside former Toffees team-mate Fellaini, who completed a £27.5 million move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day.
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"No [I don't regret how late the deal was] because we chose to do it the way we did because we wanted to try and get [Leighton] Baines," Moyes revealed in a press conference to unveil his new signing.
"We didn't want to give up on him right up until the last minute.
"We felt the best way to do that was to keep the deals together and only at the last minute did we split the deal, so that was the way we chose to do it."
Fellaini confessed his worry that a deal he had longed for throughout the summer may not come to fruition, and expressed his delight at securing the "dream" move.
The 25-year-old said: "Sometimes I thought there was no chance [of the transfer happening] but in the end I was so happy to join United."
"Of course, [there were nerves about the deal not being completed] because it's a chance to join Manchester United but in the end for me it is a dream."