Manchester United boss David Moyes' attempted raid on his former club Everton for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines has been rejected "out of hand", the Merseyside club have confirmed.
United are understood to have made a joint bid of £28million for both players but Everton have knocked back the approach.
– ALAN MYERS, EVERTON DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS.
Everton can confirm that it has received bids from Manchester United for two players.
Those bids were immediately rejected out of hand as derisory and insulting.
The Club did not make public these details as it was vital Roberto Martinez’s preparations for the opening game of the Premier League season were not disrupted in anyway.
An Everton spokesman told Press Association Sport: "We can confirm a bid has been received and has been rejected out of hand."
Moyes signed Belgium midfielder Fellaini for Everton in 2008 for a fee that has already reached £17million with add-ons yet United appear to be offering only £16million for the 25-year-old.