Everton angered by double United bid
Manchester United have outraged Everton by making a £16million bid for midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
The Liverpool Echo reported that the Red Devils finally made a bid for the player – two weeks after his £23.5million buy-out clause expired.
And they tried to throw Leighton Baines into the deal as well, according to the newspaper – for an additional fee of £12million.
The £28million double offer is believed by the Toffees hierarchy to be a ploy to unsettle the two players, and was quickly rejected.
The offer, made by United’s new chief executive Ed Woodward, has left a bad taste in the mouths of Everton, the newspaper claims, especially as Fellaini’s actual market value stands at around £24.5million – according to respected football website www.transfermarkt.co.uk.
The Echo also reported that the reigning Premier League champions’ last offer for Baines – at around £12million – was described as a final offer, and that their latest attempt to sign him strikes as a club who aren’t sure which direction their transfer strategy is going in.
Don’t leave, please
The club are determined to keep both players at the club, and do not want to sell either player for under their true market value, according to the paper.
Former Everton manager David Moyes is turning to the combative Belgian midfielder after missing out on the signing of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, the paper claims.
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