Marouane Fellaini-type deal unrealistic without Sunderland progress – David Moyes

David Moyes poses for a photo with a Sunderland fan

Sunderland need to make significant progress before they can attract players of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini, says new manager David Moyes.

The Manchester United midfielder played at Everton for Moyes, who then took him to Old Trafford in 2013.

Sunderland's boss suggested the door would be "wide open" for players of that quality to come to the club.

"I'd love to have that level of player. Realistically, that's probably not going to happen," he said.

"But if we can get that level of player, the doors will be wide open for them to come in.

"That's the journey we start now, and by the end of it I hope we're getting players of that level. That's where we need to be.

"There are different layers you need to get through to get there. We are just starting at layer one."

Marouane Fellaini

Moyes signed a four-year contract when he was appointed by Sunderland on 23 July to replace Sam Allardyce, who left to become the England manager.

The Scot takes over a club that have finished in the Premier League's bottom eight in all but one of the nine seasons since they were promoted from the Championship in 2007.

Moyes believes that Sunderland can become a regular presence in the top half of the table, but has acknowledged that it will take time.

He said: "There's something about Sunderland that makes you feel they've not reached anything like their potential.

"It wouldn't be outrageous to see Sunderland being a regular top-10 team, but for some reason it hasn't happened. We have to get a level of stability.

"We need to do the work, get it right and give everybody something to shout about. We have to feel that we're not in this league just to survive every year."

Sunderland have yet to make a senior signing this summer, partly because of the uncertainty surrounding Allardyce's position.

Moyes said: "We've got bids in for players just now. We're trying to strengthen the squad and I'm hopeful some of them will come off. In this market at the moment, you just never know.

"Will we know the answers today or tomorrow? I hope so. But it could take longer."

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