Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/3/13
Marouane Fellaini delivered a transfer request in person to Everton as he successfully made a last-ditch attempt to force through a £27million move to Manchester United. Belgium international Fellaini drove to the Toffees’ training ground at 7.30pm to speak personally to manager Roberto Martinez and plead with him to sanction the switch to Old Trafford he has craved all summer. Fellaini had grown increasingly frustrated on Monday afternoon after talks between the two clubs turned fractious with champions United reluctant to increase their offer from early in the day of around £23million. The Mirror can reveal Fellaini finally got his wish just five minutes before the transfer window slammed shut when United made a FOURTH offer for the midfielder on a dramatic deadline day. Incredibly the champions could have signed Fellaini barely a month ago for £4m LESS than the fee they will now pay. But after a desperate day in the transfer market United were forced to swallow their pride and bid well over the figure that Fellaini had written into his contract as a release clause until it expired at the beginning of August. United bid the release clause figure of £23.5m early on Monday but were immediately knocked back by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright who remained steadfast in his insistence they would have to pay a premium on that clause. Boss David Moyes then began to look elsewhere but when his proposed move for Athletic Bilbao star Ander Hererra collapsed United returned with the SAME bid at 10.07pm plus some complicated add-ons. That too was rejected as was a third bid at 10.35pm. But with time running out former Everton manager Moyes insisted his new club make one more bid which arrived at 10.45pm and was finally accepted by the Scot's previous employers at 10.55pm - leaving barely seconds to complete the paperwork.
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