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Everton agree fee for Man United benchwarmer

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Everton will hope to this week wrap up a deal for French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, after having finally come to an agreement with Manchester United over the transfer fee for the 27 year old, believed to be £22 million.

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho confirmed the player's proposed departure in an interview yesterday following the 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup semi-final first leg at Old Trafford.

Jose said. "Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward informed me that the situation is close. Morgan is more than probably going to Everton. I am sad and happy, sad because I like him and he could be an option for us, happy because this is what he wants, to play every game and be important in the team."

"If this is what he wants I'm happy for a very good professional and someone that I can only say good things about," he concluded.

Schneiderlin joined United from Southampton where he used to play under current Everton boss Ronald Koeman, who has been rather aggressively pushing the Toffees' Sporting Director Joe Walsh to get on with the transfer business, perhaps as a result pushing up the fee that Everton are eventually paying for the French international.

Schneiderlin played 39 times for United in his first season under Louis van Gaal, but has struggled to break into Jose Mourinho's line-up with Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellain and Paul Pogba all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Meanwhile the news spells disappointment for Tony Pulis and West Bromwich Albion, who were also reportedly trying rather desperately to sign the player.