The Belgian is to reunite with Moyes but interest in Baines cools.
Manchester United manager David Moyes looks set to reunite himself with Everton’s Marouane Fellaini but an expected move for Leighton Baines is not on the cards, reports the Guardian.
Moyes aims to activate the £24million release clause in Fellaini’s contract and bring his former star man to Old Trafford.
However, despite Baines being linked with a move to United for a few seasons it seem that his supposedly inevitable switch to Manchester from Liverpool is not going to come to fruition.
In a bizarre twist it seems the left-back will be remaining on Merseyside for the foreseeable future.
Central midfield is going to be a key area for the new manager though, as the retirement of Paul Scholes, the uncertain future of Darren Fletcher and the expected sale of Anderson has left the Scot short in the centre of the park.
Minus that trio Moyes is left with Michael Carrick (albeit with the England international on the back of a phenomenal season at the club), Tom Cleverley and veteran Ryan Giggs.
Therefore at least one central midfielder is a must for the 50-year-old and Fellaini seems to fit the bill in all areas, after he himself had another good campaign at Goodison Park in 2012/13.
Moyes bought the Belgium international for the Toffess in 2008 for a club record £19.2million from Standard Liege.
Since then the 25-year-old has been a stalwart in Everton’s midfield, deployed as both a defensive and attacking midfielder at times and seemingly comfortable in either role.
Yet with the offensive capabilities already installed at United it’s likely that Moyes would ask Fellaini to revert to a position just in front of the back four.