Marouane Fellaini reportedly took a £4million hit to complete his dream move to Manchester United from Everton on transfer deadline day.

As deadline day ticked towards its conclusion there was no sign of an end to the impasse that had United sticking to a maximum £23.5million transfer fee in line with the escape clause in Fellaini's contract that lapsed at the end of July.

And with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright holding firm on his demand for £27.5million it has been claimed that the Belgian took matters into his own hands.

Fellaini offered to waive a £4million loyalty bonus which meant United did not have to pay any additional transfer fee and Everton got the overall amount they were demanding.

The move underlines how badly Fellaini wanted to make the switch to Old Trafford which also included being driven to Everton's Finch Farm training complex on Monday evening to hand in a formal transfer request.

It should at least leave United fans in no doubt where Fellaini's heart lays even if it was largely a transfer window of frustration for Red Devils supporters.

Club officials have been able to point to the notable achievement of keeping Wayne Rooney despite Chelsea's clear interest in the England forward.