Moyes’s Pursuit Of Fellaini And Baines Hit A Roadblock

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Everton bluntly rejected a 28 million pound joint bid from reigning champions Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez was both angered and surprised by the paltry bid from old Trafford and considered the bid a good 10 million short of their valuation. United had offered 16 million for Fellaini and 12 million for Baines.

Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines

Everton bluntly rejected a 28 million pound joint bid from reigning champions Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez was both angered and surprised by the paltry bid from old Trafford and considered the bid a good 10 million short of their valuation. United had offered 16 million for Fellaini and 12 million for Baines.

The bid was placed a fortnight after Fellaini’s 23.5 million clause had expired, a clause which was dictated by Moyes during his tenure at Everton. This comes as a serious blow to David Moyes who has failed to make a star signing in his inaugural season. Moyes was eyeing the midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantra to make up for the loss of veteran Paul Scholes and expected departure of Wayne Roney. Till date Moyes has failed to land any of the targeted players.

Everton paid a club record 17.5 million plus add-ons in September 2008 while Baines was acquired from Wigan for 6 million in 2007. Moyes who was Everton’s manager prior to his move to the old Trafford giants, played a pivotal role in acquiring and nurturing Fellaini and Baines. Manchester United are expected to submit a revised bid as the summer transfer window is approaching its end.

It’s not just Everton though, even the fans do not fancy the bid!

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