Star midfielder Marouane Fellaini might be headed to the Premier League champions, but the Everton board are standing their ground involving the rights to one of their other prized EPL stars as the deadline for the transfer window nears a close.
Everton have insisted that Leighton Baines is not for sale amid reports that Manchester United have made a fresh £15 million bid for the left-back.
Everton have had a very unsuccessful go at the transfer window on its final day, failing to secure the services of James McCarthy from Wigan as well as the services of Lukaku from Chelsea at the time of writing. The Merseysiders are running out of time in the final hour to add to their club, making it unlikely that Baines will be on the move.
United had a £12 million offer for the former Wigan defender rejected in June and made a £28 million double bid for Baines and Fellaini in August. So far they haven’t been able to finalize anything with the deadline about to strike, making it more and more likely that Everton are going to stick it to their former manager in David Moyes.
The 29-year-old Baines is currently with the England squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. Fellaini has yet to report to Belgium for their own WC Qualifiers meaning it would be easier for him to complete a transfer.
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