Everton manager Roberto Martinez has branded Manchester United's £28 million bid for defender Leighton Baines and midfielder Marouane Fellaini as a complete "waste of time".
United have been heavily linked with making a move for the duo all summer, but the reported bid made by the Champions, if believed to have annoyed many within the Everton camp.
They view the offer as way below the valuation, with former boss David Moyes trying to get his old players on the cheap to build a championship-winning team in his first season at Old Trafford.
Fellaini's release clause of £23.5 million recently expired, and with Baines valued at around the £15 million mark, Everton would be looking for at least another £7-10 million of what United are currently offering.
Martinez told www.evertonfc.com of his feelings on the bid which was rejected by the club:
"It's been well documented what happened with the transfer speculation, that's been dealt with and it was all a little bit of a waste of time - time I don't want the players to waste.
"I think the situation is very clear. I think as a football club we will always keep our fans informed. I'm not a big believer in having the window open while the games are starting.
"I think the start of the season was important for us at Norwich and I won't come out now and carry on talking about the speculation.
"When there is something to tell our fans we will do that - they'll be the first ones to know if there are any players coming in or any players going out."
Moyes is believed to have lost a few friends in Merseyside after this latest episode, which strikes similarities with another situation nearly four years ago when Moyes slammed Manchester City for their pursuit of Joleon Lescott.
"The way it has been done is disgusting and it has disrupted our football club," said Moyes at the time.