Belgium and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has invited European champions Chelsea to come forth and submit a bid for him ahead of the Toffees’ clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, Sky Sports understands.
Fellaini, 25, has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge on several different occasions over the past several months, with reports suggesting that the Blues were contemplating a bid for the Belgium international during the January transfer window.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who has three years remaining on his current contract at Goodison Park, seems to be growing estranged from life on Merseyside, despite insisting that he is ‘happy’ at Everton.
“If Chelsea want to sign me, then they need to come forward with a bid for me,” Fellaini is quoted by the Sun.
“I have heard about Chelsea’s interest but I’ve honestly not spoken to them.
“Every season I’ve been here, top clubs have been asking about me but, for now, I’m happy at Everton.”
David Moyes’ side are currently sixth in the English Premier League table, six points adrift of fourth-place, the last UEFA Champions League qualifying place, Tottenham Hotspur.
Finishing in the top-four would not only be a fantastic achievement for Everton, but it might just convince Fellaini to stay put in the summer.
“It might feel better to play Champions League football for Everton than Chelsea, as they gave me my debut in England,” added the Belgium international.
Fellaini has netted 10 goals and three assists in 20 Premier League starts for the Toffees this season.
‘Big club’ keen on Christopher Samba
Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that a chairman from an unnamed ‘big club’ has already contacted him regarding record signing Christopher Samba, Sky Sports reports.
QPR, who suffered a 4-1 defeat to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, broke the club’s transfer record twice in January.
The bottom-of-the-table Premier League side brought in highly-rated France international Loic Remy from Olympique de Marseille prior to signing centre-back Christopher Samba from Russian Premier League moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala on transfer deadline day.
Samba, 28, signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Super Hoops, and could be sold if the West London club are relegated.
At the moment, QPR are six points behind 17th-place Reading, but Redknapp — prior to his side’s 4-1 defeat to Swansea — was confident that they would not go down.
“When people say he is a risk and you’re putting the club in a difficult position if it went down, you could sell Chris Samba for what you paid or more at the end of the season if you wanted to. Without a shadow of a doubt,” said Redknapp.
“I had a chairman ring me a week ago asking me about him and saying ‘what would you do if you went down?’
“I said ‘we ain’t going to go down’ but he said ‘well, we want to sign him…if we’d have known he was available’. I am talking about a big club.”
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