Southall accuses Moyes of disrespecting Everton

Legendary Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has accused former manager David Moyes of disrespecting the club, and branded him ‘despicable’ after his new club Manchester United made a joint bid for Toffees stars Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, the Daily Mail has reported.

The bid of £28m – £12m for Baines and £16m for Fellaini – was turned down by Everton, who described the offer as ‘derisory and insulting’. And Southall, who won two league titles and two FA Cups in his 17 years at Goodison Park, has derided the bid, adding that Baines and Fellaini are worth more.

In his column for bookmakers Paddy Power, Southall wrote: “The way David Moyes has gone about it stinks. The entire world knows Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines are worth a lot more than the £28million offered and Moyes is disrespecting Everton. It’s really despicable behaviour towards Everton and disrespectful towards the fans.

The 53-year-old Welshman also said that should Baines be sold, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright would be ‘lynched’ by the club’s supporters. He added: ‘”If Baines goes, our chairman will be lynched. It’s the equivalent of telling the Everton fans “stuff you, we’re not interested in what you think, we want the money.

If Fellaini goes, not as many people will be bothered. They love Baines because he’s been great – a model pro – and letting him go would be a real kick in the teeth to Everton fans.

Since Moyes left Everton to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, rumours have persisted that Baines and Fellaini are among his top transfer targets. So far, Moyes has been unable to add to the squad that Ferguson left behind, despite a chase for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

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