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The reigning Premier League champions have made their first significant purchase of the window, bringing the 25-year-old midfielder to the club after agreeing a £27.5 million fee

By Greg Stobart

Manchester United have completed the signing of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini on a long-term deal, both clubs have confirmed.

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The Belgian heads to Old Trafford for a fee of £27.5 million, where he is reunited with former manager David Moyes.

Goal understands that the deal was verbally agreed on Monday morning but United were made to wait on movements from the Toffees to bring in replacements.

David Moyes commented: "I have worked with Marouane for five years and I’m delighted he has decided to join Manchester United. He is a player with great ability and strength and I think he will make a real difference to our squad."

Fellaini submitted a transfer request in the evening to waive any loyalty-bonus payment in order to ease the move and now, with Wigan's James McCarthy and Manchester City's Gareth Barry also confirmed at Goodison Park, the transfer has been pushed through.

Speaking to the club's official website, Fellaini added: "I am thrilled to sign for Manchester United. I have known the manager for many years now and I have a lot of respect for his way of working.

"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."

United had also hoped to sign Leighton Baines from Moyes's former club but the Toffees rebuffed their advances throughout the summer, with the Premier League champions never meeting their £20m valuation of the left-back.

The Red Devils' other midfield target on deadline day, Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera, did not make the move, however, as United failed to meet the Basque's release clause.

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