Everton boss Roberto Martinez has criticised the conduct of Manchester United manager David Moyes over the pursuit of his players.
Roberto Martinez is closer to a move to Everton after Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirmed the two clubs have agreed compensation payment.
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is adamant once a major European league is brave enough to correct the "farcical" transfer window rules, the rest will follow.
Martinez is heading towards the window closing knowing some of his key players are likely to be hauled through it.
This time around, Leighton Baines and last night's Capital One Cup match-winner Marouane Fellaini are the ones attracting interest as Manchester United get ready to launch a further attempt to reunite them with former Toffees chief David Moyes.
For Martinez, it is a totally unsatisfactory situation he believes has gone so far it requires the intervention of the game's authorities to stop it.
– Roberto Martinez
"We need to be brave enough to find a solution."
"If you speak with any league around Europe they are in the same situation, but nobody is ready to make the first move.
"From a human point of view it is very unfair.
"In any walk of life, you are allowed to think about the next chapter.
"In football, the problem comes when those thoughts and those opportunities arrive when you should be concentrating on winning points.
"That affects the fans and the competition as a whole. It affects every league around the world.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has branded the current transfer window as a "footballing circus" and called for the authorities to make changes to it.
With four days remaining before the window closes, Martinez finds himself in the uncomfortable situation of awaiting bids for two of his key men - Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini - from Manchester United.
Martinez has sidestepped questions regarding reports Baines had pleaded with the Merseyside outfit to let him leave Goodison Park, although he did state after Wednesday night's Capital One Cup win over Stevenage that the speculation was not accurate.
Should Baines and particularly Fellaini eventually join United, it would almost certainly trigger a chain of transfers, that would include an Everton bid for Wigan's James McCarthy
Given his side are now four games into the new season, Martinez finds the situation deeply unsatisfactory.
"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," said Martinez.
"It is not just for Everton. It happens at every football club up and down the country, not just the ones who are fighting to win the title or avoid relegation.
"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."
Meanwhile, Martinez confirmed midfielder Darron Gibson would return to training this week after recovering from a knee injury.
However, the Republic of Ireland international is unlikely to be involved at Cardiff on Saturday.
– CLUB STATEMENT REGARDING ROBERTO MARTINEZ, WIGAN ATHLETIC
Wigan Athletic can confirm that following an approach made by another football club, permission has been given to Roberto Martinez to discuss a vacant managerial position.After discussions between Roberto and Chairman Dave Whelan, it was reluctantly agreed that Roberto, who remains the Manager of Wigan Athletic, would be allowed to speak another club.There is no further comment to be made at this point.