David Moyes has revealed that the decision to sign Marouane Fellaini at the last minute on transfer deadline day was because he still wanted to bring Leighton Baines to Manchester United from Everton in a double deal.
The Scot made a last minute decision to split the bid and bring Fellaini to Old Trafford on his own to make sure that the deal went through because Everton wouldn’t budge on their valuation for Baines.
“We didn’t want to give up on Baines so we kept the deals together and only split it [for Fellaini] at the last minute,” he told reporters at today’s press conference to unveil Fellaini.
Moyes admitted that Fellaini was a name that was on his wanted list from the very start and fans were left scratching their heads as to why Moyes did not activate Fellaini’s release clause earlier in the summer, but it came only as a consequence of Moyes trying to lure Baines from Everton rather than any indecisiveness on his part.
His refusal to give up in the chase for Baines almost cost United signing Fellaini but it is better late than never that he decided to split the bid to make sure that the Belgian moved to Old Trafford as United would have been left with their trousers down and no first team signings had he not split the bid.