Paper Round: Giants to battle for Fellaini

The fallout from yet another handshake controversy occupies the back pages on Sunday morning so decent transfer gossip is pretty thin on the ground.

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However, there is increased speculation over the future of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who has started the new season in impressive form for the Merseysiders.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Manchester United are taking a close interest in the Belgium international after he upset his current employers by revealing he will look to leave Everton at the end of the season.

It is no surprise to learn Sir Alex Ferguson is an admirer - after all, Fellaini's destruction of United in their opening game of the season was one of the finest individual performances seen in the Premier League in recent years.

However, United could have competition. Chelsea are collecting Belgians at present and the Mail on Sunday reports they may look to unite Fellaini with Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois.

They speculate a £30 million offer will be forthcoming from Roman Abramovich, particularly as David Moyes hardly dismissed the prospect of Fellaini leaving Everton once the transfer window opens again in the winter.

“I have got no problem if other clubs start circling for my players," Moyes said. "None at all. What I do know is that they can’t come in and take any of my players until January and we are only in September. Whatever happens now, whatever Fellaini says, he is here for at least the next four months. He might be here even longer than that, I don’t know.

“What I do know for ­certain, though, is that ­Fellaini has got a five-year contract here. So clubs can circle, but the window has just shut, and we’re in a strong ­position as far as his ­contract is concerned.”

As well as possibly losing a star player to United, Everton may also be thwarted in their pursuit of another by Ferguson. Torino and Italy defender Angelo Ogbonna is the man in question.

The Sun on Sunday reports that the 24-year-old, who is valued at £16 million and has a contract that runs until 2016, will be scouted by both clubs when Torino play Inter in Serie A today.

A 'source' told the paper: "Ogbonna would not have any problems in adapting to English football.

Finally, Sunderland are being linked with one of the Eredivisie's finest young talents with AZ Alkmaar midfielder Adam Maher coming onto Martin O'Neill's radar.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Maher is expected to move to England in January and Sunderland could face competition from Manchester Ciy, Chelsea and Newcastle if they try to sign the 19-year-old.

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