Everton have angrily rejected a bid from Premier League champions Manchester United for their star duo of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is keen to keep hold of his star assets in the final two weeks of the transfer market.
Everton received a £28m bid from the Red Devils for Fellaini and Baines just 48 hours before the opening day of the season. A bid of £16m was made for the 25-year-old Belgian and then United placed a £12m offer for the 28-year-old left-back.
The double bid was reported to be swiftly rejected by the Everton board as Martinez looks to keep hold of his star players. Manchester United have already failed in their efforts to lure Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara to Old Trafford so they have now turn their attentions to the Toffees' star duo.
Fellaini is said to be very keen to link up with David Moyes at Old Trafford as he looks to take the next step in his career. The Red Devils are also linked with a move for Real Madrid's midfield general Luka Modric, who is also said to be interested in a move to Old Trafford.
Moyes is very keen to add to the squad having failed to do so since he took over on July 1. The midfield is an area which Moyes admit publicly that he wants to strengthened. It seems as though he is not satisfied with Patrice Evra at left-back and so he wants to bring in Baines.
Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid has asked to leave the Santiago Bernabeu so he may also be an option for Moyes.
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