Free spending Zenit St Petersburg has been the latest club to be added to the ever-growing list of clubs interested in Everton’s Marouane Fellaini or so the Express have reported. The Belgium midfielder has already announced that he will be looking to move in the summer if Everton fail to qualify for the Champions league.
Fellaini, who cost “cash strapped” Everton £15M back in 2008 has already slotted 8 goals in just 13 games for the Toffees as they look set to battle it out for 4th place.
Zenit, who are banked rolled by Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned oil and gas company who have close ties to Vladimir Putin have already spent big this year bringing in Hulk and Axel Witsel for around £65m and are looking to add Fellaini to that list with a £25M offer, money which Everton could certainly do with.
For the past few seasons Everton boss, David Moyes, has “struggled” in the past few years and spent a sprightly sum of 22M in the last 12 months on 5 new players and from July 2011 has taken a staggering 39.M from selling players on. Compare this with 4th place rivals, West Brom, who have spent 10.4M and managed to bring in 12 new players for half the cost Everton have.
If Moyes is to let Fellaini go in January who could he bring in to replace Fellaini? …After thinking for about 20 minutes I’ve come up with one name, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe of Club Bruge. The 23-year old Belgium midfielder has already played 117 times for Brugge since joining from HSV back in 2009. Odjidja-Ofoe had actually already agreed a loan deal with Everton but FIFA rejected it as it came after the deadline.
In my opinion Moyes shouldn’t look to sell Fellaini at all. He and Fellaini should be focusing on keeping their Champions League ambitions alive and not be looking to make a quick…£25 Million. So far this season Fellaini has been almost unplayable, especially against Manchester United. One thing Moyes will want to guard against is Fellaini trying to put himself in the shop window and not putting Everton into Europe.
The money that Everton will get won’t be able to replace Fellaini in this current form, Moyes would have to find a goal scoring, ball winning and strong heading midfielder and so far I’ve only managed to fill two of those requirements with Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe. It this was before Laudrup slapped a £30M price-tag on Michu, I would say the Spaniard would be perfect.
Fellaini is still on the radars or Chelsea, Man United and Real Madrid, so where ever he ends up a big sum of money will change hands and I can only imagine David Moyes is licking his lips at the sight of all those pound signs.