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Deadline day push for Fellaini and Baines

ESPN staff
September 2, 2013
Martinez prepared to fight for Fellaini and Baines

Everton are bracing themselves for a final push from Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines as manager Roberto Martinez bids to tie up a deal for James McCarthy.

United have spent a significant chunk of the summer trying to secure Belgium midfielder Fellaini and England left-back Baines.

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A £12 million bid for Baines was rejected in June, while Everton publicly dismissed a joint £28 million offer for both players on August 19 as "derisory and insulting".

Everton, though, refused to confirm or deny that United returned with a combined offer of £36 million for Fellaini and Baines at the end of last week.

A deal for Fellaini is the more likely one to go through, but sources said that both players could yet move to Old Trafford before Monday's 11pm transfer deadline.

Everton, meanwhile, remain in discussions with Wigan over a deal for Republic of Ireland midfielder McCarthy.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirmed on Sunday that he has rejected two Everton bids for the 22-year-old.

The two clubs have not yet agreed a fee, but it is thought that a deal could be done for around £12.5 million.

Martinez also remains interested in a loan move for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry.

The 32-year-old is out of favour at the Etihad Stadium, and is keen to make the move, but would have to take a cut in a reported £90,000-a-week salary.

Everton cannot afford to pay such wages, while City have indicated that they are not willing to subsidise his salary as part of any deal.

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