New Sunderland manager David Moyes has ruled out making a move for Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United citing that Sunderland will need to make significant progress before they can attract a the Belgian’s calibre.
The Manchester United midfielder played at Everton for Moyes, and also joined him at Old Trafford in 2013.
Moyes suggested the door would be “wide open” for players of that quality to come to the club but “Realistically, that’s probably not going to happen.”
Sunderland have yet to make a senior signing this summer, partly because of the uncertainty surrounding Sam Allardyce, who eventually left to become England manager last month.
“We’ve got bids in for players just now,” said the 53-year-old Moyes, who signed a four-year contract on 23 July.
“We’re trying to strengthen the squad and I’m hopeful some of them will come off. In this market at the moment, you just never know.”