According to Greg O’Keffe of the Liverpool Echo, Everton have rejected a £28m joint bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
United’s interest in both players is well know but after publicly attempting to sign Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, it appears the club have taken a more quiet approach in trying to secure the pair’s signatures.
O’Keffe claims Everton were left outraged after United bid just £16m for Belgian midfielder Fellaini, just weeks after a buyout clause in his contract would have seen him leave for £23.5m and to make matter worse tried to also snap Baines up for an extra £12m.
It is believed that the £28m move, was made 48 hours before the Premier League kicked off and was designed to unsettle the pair, leaving ill feeling at Goodison Park towards United especially as they value Fellaini at higher than the £23.5m that was written into his contract and United had claimed the £12m move they made for Baines in July would be their final attempt to sign the left back.
Everton have made a point of stating they are looking to keep both players, and this derisory bid will only strengthen their resolve so if United were to wrestle them from Goodison Park it would take a fee significantly higher than the report £28m that United offered.
With United having missed out on prior targets and the transfer window closing in a matter of weeks, United will need to up their offer if they are to get Everton to play ball here.