Man Utd plotting improved offer to Everton for Baines and Fellaini
David Moyes will make a renewed offer to former club Everton in an attempt to bring Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United, the Daily Mirror has reported.
Everton rejected the first approach from the Premier League champions in the strongest possible terms, calling the offer “insulting and derisory” and while Moyes has not been put off in his pursuit of the left-back and the midfielder, the money on the table has gone up significantly.
United’s next offer will be for a combined £35m, the newspaper claims, with the deal breaking down at £20m for Fellaini and £15m for Baines. The price for Fellaini remains lower than his £23.5m release clause which expired at the end of July, but is higher than the Everton record fee Moyes paid Standard Liege to sign Fellaini in the summer of 2008.
Moyes’ successor, Roberto Martinez, is eager to keep both players but the Scot is aware that Everton need to raise funds if they are to make further signings in the transfer window, and is banking on exploiting that fact. Moyes then hopes to have the transfers wrapped up soon as if Everton are to re-invest the cash, they will need time to do so before the transfer window closes on September 2.
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