Man Utd not put off by Everton reaction in Baines and Fellaini pursuit

Manchester United will risk further raising the ire of Everton by not taking no for an answer in their attempts to sign Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, the Daily Mail has reported.

United lodged a £28m joint bid for the pair late last week, only for the offer to be swiftly rejected by Goodison Park officials. A statement was released on Monday concerning the approach in which Everton described the offer as “derisory and insulting”. But United, now managed by former Everton boss David Moyes, are expected to return with a second offer.

The original bid broke down as £12m for England international Baines and £16m for Fellaini, Everton’s club record signing. Both players were bought for Everton by Moyes – Baines from Wigan in 2007, Fellaini from Standard Liege a year later – but the ill-feeling from United’s conduct in appointing Moyes to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, which United apologised for, has lingered, the newspaper claims, and is a contributory factor to Everton’s refusal to sell.

But Moyes wants to have Fellaini in his side to play Chelsea next Monday, the Mail adds, and so is keen to push through the proposed transfer. Moyes has attempted to bolster United’s midfield all summer but has proved unsuccessful. And while United have some £70m to spend, Everton’s resolve is said to have hardened, particularly in regards to keeping Baines on Merseyside.

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