David Moyes secured his first major signing as Manchester United manager in the eleventh hour on transfer deadline day, after swooping for Marouane Fellaini from former club Everton in a £27.5million deal.
The Belgian midfielder completed his move after submitting an official transfer request to Toffees boss Roberto Martinez on Monday evening, and after the Merseyside outfit secured the services of James McCarthy from Wigan Athletic, and Gareth Barry from Manchester City, chairman Bill Kenwright sanctioned the club-record signing's exit, much to the relief of the reigning Premier League champions.
After failing with high-profile bids for Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara already this summer, Manchester United began deadline day with inquiries to numerous clubs about the availability of a number of different players, as Moyes looked to add a creative midfielder to his ranks before the close of the transfer window.
Click through the tabs - above or below - to see five playmaker targets that the Red Devils approached on deadline day, but failed to convince to move, and leave a comment with which player you'd have preferred to sign ahead of Fellaini in the message box provided.
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