Everton FC sign James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku as Fellaini heads to Old Trafford in £27.5m deal
Roberto Martinez made a deadline-busting treble swoop as Marouane Fellaini made a £27.5million exit from Everton on an extraordinary night.
On a hectic transfer deadline day, the Goodison outfit left it until the last minute to agree a £13m deal to sign Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy and season-long loan moves for Manchester City’s Gareth Barry and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
Fellaini made his long-mooted move to Manchester United and was followed through the exit door by Victor Anichebe, who has joined West Bromwich Albion for a fee believed to be in the region of £5m.
However, United failed in their attempts to lure Leighton Baines away from Goodison, instead signing a loan deal for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao.
Fellaini was tracked by United for much of the summer with departed Everton manager David Moyes, now in charge at Old Trafford, keen to be reunited with his former midfielder.
Having seen Everton reject a succession of bids for his services – the most recent of which valued the player at around £25m – Fellaini finally showed his hand by handing in a transfer request to Martinez earlier on transfer deadline day.
But it wasn’t until just before the 11pm deadline the deal was finally completed, with United paying significantly more than the £23.5m buy-out clause that expired at the end of July. Everton are obliged to hand over 20% of the fee to Fellaini’s previous club Standard Liege.
Martinez had been in London earlier in the day for a work permit hearing having targeted Porto’s Fernando to strengthen his midfield options, irrespective of Fellaini’s imminent departure.
However, the transfer faltered with Porto unable to agree a fee and, according to reports in Portugal, Fernando deciding he would be best served staying at the Portuguese champions.
Everton instead stepped up their pursuit of England international Barry, ultimately negotiating a loan deal with City, who would have preferred a permanent transfer.
Martinez spent much of the day chasing McCarthy from former club Wigan, but Everton were finding the £15m asking price of Latics chairman Dave Whelan prohibitive.
Whelan, though, eventually accepted a £13m offer from the Goodison outfit with 22-year-old McCarthy keen to move back to the Premier League.
Everton faced a battle with West Brom to sign Lukaku, who spent last season on loan at The Hawthorns, but pushed through a deal during the last hour of the transfer window.
Lukaku’s arrival was key to allowing Anichebe to depart more than seven years after making his breakthrough into the Everton first team.
One exit earlier in the day was Francisco Junior, the Portuguese youth international joining Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on loan until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Conor McAleny’s loan spell at Brentford has been cancelled. The 21-year-old joined the Bees on a six-month deal in July but fractured his right tibia in just his fourth appearance for the League One club last month.
McAleny will return to Finch Farm to continue his rehabilitation.