A spokesperson for Zenit said: “The management team expect to strengthen the midfield during the winter transfer window.
“The signings will be players of very high quality. For example, the Belgium international Marouane Fellaini is on the list – he has proved himself in his games for Everton.”
David Moyes will urge his board to shun any offers for the 25-year-old and the player himself has insisted he wants Champions League football, something the wealthy Russian club, who are already out of this year's competition, are not guaranteed next term. Zenit, who are bankrolled by Russian gas giants Gazprom, flexed their financial muscle in September when they signed Fellaini’s compatriot, midfielder Alex Witsel, from Benfica for £32m and splashed out an identical fee on Porto striker Hulk.