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Manchester United close in on Everton duo - reports

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Manchester United are edging closer to signing Everton pair Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, according to the Sunday Express.

This comes as Fellaini has reportedly told Everton boss Roberto Martinez that he wants to leave Everton.

The 25-year-old is yet to officially hand in a transfer request but report indicates that the midfielder has verbally hinted his intention to leave.

The towering midfield has been under the radar of Manchester United who are looking to bring both himself and Leighton Baines to Old Trafford.

Everton have earlier on rejected an offer of £26million from Manchester United for the duo,with Martinez maintaining that both players are not for sale.

United have however not been dissuaded by the rejection as the Manchester club have upped their bid for the pair to £36million, putting further pressure on Everton to sell.

The verbal request by Fellaini could be seen as the player's effort in trying to force a move to United before the close of the transfer window.

Although Martinez still harbor hope of keeping the duo at Goodison Park, the manager is making some contingency plans should United succeed in grabbing both players who are keen to re-unite with their former boss at Old Trafford, knowing fully well the unsettling effect his continuous hold on the want-away players could have on his team.

Already the Meyseyside club have had "informal talks" with Wigan Athletic over Irish midfielder James McCarthy who played under Martinez at Wigan. Also Everton remains hopeful that a deal could be struck with Manchester City to bring in Gareth Barry on a season-long loan.

With few days to the close of the transfer window, the pressure continues to pile up on the Martinez to sell both players to United. In the end, we just might see the pair heading to Old Trafford on or before deadline day.

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