After it had appeared Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was set to join West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan, Everton swooped in and have the Belgium international until next summer.
The 20-year old took to Twitter to confirm the news, and a host of his former teammates at West Brom offered their congratulations to him.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told Lukaku he couldn’t be promised regular first-team football with the Blues for the season, and was given permission to find a temporary resolution.
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini handed in a transfer request earlier to the club, and is subsequently in advanced talks with Manchester United tonight.
United have had a £27M offer for the Belgium international accepted, and are now undergoing personal terms for his services.
Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has reportedly signed for the Toffees in a deal said to be worth £13M. Everton had previously failed in their bid – with chairman Dave Whelan publicly stating the offer didn’t match the club’s valuation.
Despite the summer transfer window being officially closed, talks are still undergoing between the two clubs, and he is expected to be confirmed a Manchester United player in the late hours.
Last season, Fellaini shone for Everton. Scoring 11 goals and making six assists in 31 Premier League games, he was one of the side’s top players over the course of the campaign.
With David Moyes, formerly of Everton and now the manager at Manchester United, he made it clear Marouane Fellaini was a top priority signing this summer – as he felt the 25-year old would lead the side to success.
Manchester City’s holding midfielder Gareth Barry was set to sign for Everton on season-long loan deal, but there is no official word confirming the news.
The England international was to be brought in alongside James McCarthy as replacement for Fellaini’s departure.
Everton striker Victor Anichebe was supposed to be joining West Bromwich Albion for £5M, but the deal was unconfirmed at the close of the window.