Everton turn down double Man Utd offer for Fellaini and Baines

Everton have rejected a £28m offer from Manchester United for both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

The offer is said to have been made late last week and was immediately turned down by manager Roberto Martinez. Both Fellaini and Baines played for Everton in the 2-2 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road as Martinez took charge of his first Premier League game as Everton manager, having replaced David Moyes, who succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at United.

It is claimed that the deal on offer broke down as £16m for Fellaini and £12m for Baines, with the newspaper adding that Goodison Park officials were angered by the approach for a number of reasons – including but not limited to the attempt to sign Fellaini for substantially less than the £23.5m stipulated by a now-expired release clause in the Belgian’s contract, and for United appearing to go back on their word that a June offer for Baines, also of £12m, was their last.

Moyes was the Everton manager who signed Fellaini for £15m, later rising to £17.5m, and the Echo points out that United’s offer indicates Moyes believes Fellaini’s value has fallen in his five years on Merseyside. Baines, meanwhile, was signed for £6m from Wigan in 2007, with Everton now valuing the England international at far more than the £12m on the table from the Premier League champions.

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