Morgan Schneiderlin will leave Manchester United for Everton in a £24 million deal this January, according to The Telegraph.
The 28-year-old midfielder has endured a torrid time during his 18 months at Old Trafford, having seen just 11 minutes of Premier League football this season.
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Manager Jose Mourinho has seemingly frozen out the former Southampton star, with Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini all preferred in the United engine room.
That lack of game time has had an effect on Schneiderlin, who has reportedly accepted a move is in his best interests.
The France international is understood to be keen to reunite with former manager Ronald Koeman, who moved to Everton from the Saints in the summer.
The Dutch coach is a huge fan of Schneiderlin’s and is reportedly willing to pay the £24 million fee in a package sum, while the Toffees are also willing to match the star’s monumental £120,000 a week wages.
Koeman, who’s side secured a vital 2-1 win over high-flying Arsenal in midweek, is understood to be seeking out a replacement for 35-year-old Gareth Barry in the defensive midfield position.
The former England international has been immense during his time on Merseyside and the club are desperate to fill the void by bringing in a quality player who can fill the void in the middle of the park.
Koeman clearly sees Schneiderlin as the perfect man to do that, and his previous experience working with the player has put Everton in pole position to complete the transfer.
West Bromwich Albion, who are enjoying a fine season under Tony Pulis, were also keen on the enforcer, but it seems the player has his heart set on Goodison Park, should he leave United.
Everton are also interested in bringing Memphis Depay to the club as a replacement for stricken Yannick Bolasie, and with the transfer window opening in just two weeks time, the North West transfer merry-go-round seems to be starting up once again.