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New Sunderland boss David Moyes says it is unlikely that the Black Cats will sign Marouane Fellaini this summer.
Then-Everton manager Moyes signed the Belgium international from Standard Liege in 2008, then brought him to Old Trafford when he became Manchester United boss in 2013.
The Scot says he would like to sign the 28-year-old and his fellow Manchester United and Belgium team-mate Adnan Januzaj, 21, but thinks the pair would prefer a move to a bigger club if they decide to leave Old Trafford.
"I'd love to have that level of player, but realistically that's probably not going to happen," he said.
"But if we can get that level of player the doors would be wide open for them."
Fellaini, who came on as a half-time substitute and scored for United in the 5-2 pre-season win over Galatasaray in Sweden, is likely to be in new boss Jose Mourinho's plans for next season, but Januzaj may be available for sale or for loan after his omission from Mourinho's first-team training squad at Carrington.
Moyes says talks with chief executive Martin Bain about the club's transfer plans have gone well, and that the Black Cats have already made offers on a number of potential signings.
“We’re interested in lots of good players. You have to have a realistic view. There’ll be some players we can attract just now and some players we can’t," he said.
“We’ll try and get the ones we can and the ones who want to come here and start on the new journey we’re on.
“We have offers in for people already and we’re working hard. I’ve been really impressed by the new chief executive."
The 53-year-old, speaking at his first Stadium of Light press conference since being appointed as Sam Allardyce's successor last week, says he has used the seven months since his November 2015 sacking by Real Sociedad constructively.
“I think modern management means that more managers will take breaks in their career with the way it is," he continued.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve been away from the game, I watched as much football as I can.
“I’ve been to watch training from other sides of the world and I’ve involved with Uefa a lot, whether it’s been watching the Euros or whether it’s been taking the Pro Licence coaches. I’ve been out but I’ve been busy."