Everton manager Roberto Martinez remains tight-lipped over the future of Leighton Baines and has labelled the Premier League transfer window as a bit of a 'footballing circus', calling for changes to the system. 

Numerous reports from the press have suggested that Baines is seeking a move to Old Trafford, something that Martinez denies. 

"I speak with all the players," he told Sky Sports News. "So it's disappointing when get so many stories going around and you do question where they are coming from.

"But there's nothing to comment on and we'll carry on waiting until the window shuts."

And with midfielder Marouane Fellaini also a hot topic in the press following interest from United, Martinez is finding all the speculation very disturbing at the moment as the rush for transfers before Monday night's deadline day intensifies.

"It's getting a little too much at the moment. It's not just here, it's up and down the league, in every dressing room - I think we need to do something.

"I am sure the authorities will look at it and do something about it because it is becoming a bit of a footballing circus and it is not helping anyone.

"Unfortunately it is the reality of the game. I do feel a bit worried about it. It is not getting easier and it is not getting better," said Martinez.  

Although not ruling out moves away for any of his current crop, Martinez said the club is always fully prepared for any late transfer dealings they might find themselves in. 

"You always need to make sure when the window closes, the squad is stronger than it was when you started," he added.

"That doesn't mean you will never lose players. It means you need to be prepared for any situation.

"That is what we are focusing on for the next four days in the window.

"There is a lot of speculation and stories, but once you have important games to prepare for, it is a bit of a farcical position that goes against the values we are trying to present in the Premier League."

Everton won 2-1 against Stevenage in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night. New loan signing Gerard Deulofeu, a Barcelona youngster, found the target just before half-time to cancel out a Luke Freeman strike.

And United target Fellaini scored the winner in the 115th minute to send the Toffees into the next match.

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