Manchester United are ready to abandon their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas in favour of activating Marouane Fellaini's £22m release clause, reports Goal.com.
The Premier League champions are facing up to the fact that Barcelona are unwilling to part with the former Arsenal captain after the Catalan club rejected a second bid from Old Trafford.
Barcelona have repeatedly exclaimed that Fabregas is not for sale at any price despite the public pressure from David Moyes.
Gerardo Martino will reportedly meet with Fabregas this week to reassure him over his future at the Nou Camp. With Fabregas keen to stay, it looks as though Moyes will miss out.
The failure to land Fabregas represents a second major blow for the new manager after the club also failed to land Thiago Alcantara, who opted to join Bayern Munich instead.
It is now being reported that Moyes will turn his attentions to signing Fellaini from his former club Everton.
The manager is keen to add to the United midfield after the retirement of Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher's long-term absence left him short-handed in the centre of the park.
Scotsman Moyes sees Fellaini as the perfect alternative to his favoured targets Thiago and Fabregas.
The Belgian star, who Moyes brought to Everton originally, currently earns £75,000-a-week but the board are happy to offer a hefty increase because of the lower price tag.
Manchester United are also considering a move for Leighton Baines with the England defender thought to be available for around £15m.