Manchester United will launch a bid to sign Marouane Fellaini on the cheap this week.

And that move will put David Moyes on collision course with his old club Everton.

During his time in charge at Goodison Park Moyes saw the Belgium star sign a deal that carried a £24million get-out clause.

Everton feared clubs would use that to prise Fellaini away so were relieved when the ­player was still with them earlier this month when the escape clause expired.

Now midfielder-hungry United will table an £18m bid well below the valuation in Fellaini’s contract.

United have missed out on prime ­midfield targets such as Cesc Fabregas and Thiago ­Alcantara this summer.

And a bid so close to the end of the transfer window will not be well received at Goodison Park.

The Toffees are still bitter about the way Moyes ­allowed his contract to expire before being lined up as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement.

And they remember how scathing Moyes was about Manchester City after they launched a late raid on the club for Joleon Lescott in 2009.

In previous years under Moyes the Toffees were forced to sell players to help subsidise the wage bill. But new boss Roberto Martinez is not under the same pressure.

He will be hoping that Fellaini does not become unsettled once United step up their interest.