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No new Man United bids for Everton duo

ESPN staff
August 22, 2013
Will the Everton duo end up at Old Trafford?

Roberto Martinez has confirmed Everton have received no new bids from Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines - but believes the transfer window is "getting out of hand".

Martinez argues the window should shut before the start of the season to prevent players being unsettled by late approaches from rival clubs.

Everton rejected United's combined offer of £28 million for midfielder Fellaini and left-back Baines on Monday.

Martinez revealed that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright was "angry and disappointed" by the double bid, which valued Fellaini at £16m - just over a fortnight after a £23.5m buy-out clause in his contract expired - and Baines at £12m.

Martinez has praised the professionalism of both players following the bids, but feels that the transfer window is open for too long during the summer.

Asked if there had been further bids for Fellaini or Baines, he said: "No. Everything has been quiet on that front.

"I think it's time for the football authorities to look into the situation. The transfer window is getting out of hand.

"It's really, really affecting the values of the league. It's affecting the human side of the players in a very unfair manner.

Martinez would be happy to stick with a January transfer window, but believes there should be no summer deals once the season kicks off. This summer's transfer window will not close until September 2.

He added: "It's not for me to discuss how long the window needs to be open. I'm the first one to understand that you need to have the window, and that you need to have the second window right in the middle of the season.

"But you cannot have the window open when you've got games.

"You listen to clubs say they're not going to make bids to be respectful to the game, or that a bid has been made at the wrong time. Well, everyone is within the law. You can make a bid, you can receive a bid, and the players can be affected by it.

"Clearly it's time to help the competition, to help the fans, to help the players with this matter." United - managed by former Everton boss David Moyes - had an initial £12m bid for Baines rejected in July.

Kenwright warned Moyes off trying to sign his former players earlier this summer, and Martinez confirmed that the chairman had been angered by this week's approach.

"You need to understand that when you make a massive, massive investment on a player and he becomes one of the best performers in the club, and then you get a bid below what the club invested, then as a chairman, you are going to be angry and disappointed, and you're going to be hurt," he said.

"But those are the emotions that football brings. The chairman has always been in control of the situation. That gives you greater stability. That's the way we're going to carry on doing things - informing our fans, making sure they know what's going on."

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