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Football: Manchester United sign Fellaini

Juventus' Carlos Tevez, right, battles against Everton's Marouane Fellaini during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in San Francisco. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Juventus' Carlos Tevez, right, battles against Everton's Marouane Fellaini during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in San Francisco. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Marouane Fellaini of English Premiership football club Everton (right) controls a pass with his chest as Real Madrid's Pepe watches during their International Champions Cup match at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Aug 3, 2013. -- FILE PH
Marouane Fellaini of English Premiership football club Everton (right) controls a pass with his chest as Real Madrid's Pepe watches during their International Champions Cup match at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Aug 3, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, Everton's Marouane Fellaini, left, celebrates scoring his second goal against Aston Villa with teammate Phil Jagielka during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, Eng
In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, Everton's Marouane Fellaini, left, celebrates scoring his second goal against Aston Villa with teammate Phil Jagielka during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England. The new season of the British Premier League begins on Saturday, Aug 17, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Everton's Marouane Fellaini, right, fights for the ball against West Bromwich Albion's Youssuf Mulumbu during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, on Saturday Aug 24, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Everton's Marouane Fellaini, right, fights for the ball against West Bromwich Albion's Youssuf Mulumbu during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, on Saturday Aug 24, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Everton's Marouane Fellaini, centre, narrowly fails to score past West Bromwich Albion's Luke Daniels, right, as Jonas Olsson looks on during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, on Saturday, Aug 24,
Everton's Marouane Fellaini, centre, narrowly fails to score past West Bromwich Albion's Luke Daniels, right, as Jonas Olsson looks on during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
Everton's Marouane Fellaini, (right), fights for the ball against West Bromwich Albion's Youssuf Mulumbu during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013. Everton announced on Mo
Everton's Marouane Fellaini, (right), fights for the ball against West Bromwich Albion's Youssuf Mulumbu during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013. Everton announced on Monday that they have sold Fellaini to Manchester United for a fee of £27.5 million (S$54.3 million). -- FILE PHOTO: AP

LONDON, England (AFP) - Everton announced on Monday that they have sold Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Premier League champions Manchester United for a fee of £27.5 million (S$54.3 million).

The deal for the 25-year-old was announced on the Everton website an hour after the close-season transfer window closed at 2200GMT (6am Singapore time).

"Marouane Fellaini has moved to Manchester United for a £27.5 million fee," Everton said in a statement.

"Fellaini's exit ended a summer-long period of speculation after the Belgium international emerged as one of former Everton manager David Moyes' prime targets for his new club."

The move reunites Fellaini with new United manager Moyes, who brought the Belgian to England from Standard Liege in 2008 during his time as Everton coach.

Fellaini becomes United's second close-season signing, after Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela joined from Penarol in June.

United were also reported to have submitted an offer to sign Portuguese left-back Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

However, a mooted move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera was reported to have collapsed.