Despite being criticised for their previous bid the Red Devils are still in the hunt.
On Monday Everton rejected a £28m double bid from Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, dubbing the offer as ‘derisory and insulting.’
Yet despite the ramifications that could have been seen by such a breakdown in relations between the clubs, the Red Devils have not given up hope and are preparing an improved bid, reports the Express.
New United boss David Moyes is familiar with both the stars having signed the pair during 11 years in charge at the Toffees and is clearly keen for a reunion at Old Trafford.
However, with Moyes bringing in Fellaini in 2008 in a deal that eventually rose to £17.5m with add-ons, the £16m the Scot has offered this time around is clearly not good enough.
Likewise, although United had a £12m offer for Baines turned down earlier this summer the Premier League champions still felt it acceptable to pledge the same amount again.
With the proposal of a combined bid completely backfiring for the English title holders, it’s now thought that the club will continue their pursuit of the pair separately, according to the Guardian.
Fellaini had a buy-out clause of £23.5m in the Belgian’s contract that expired at the end of July, but United felt that price was too much for the midfielder and will now have to find a middle ground between theirs’ and Everton’s valuation of the 25-year-old.
Also the last bid Moyes made for Baines was said to be a final offer, but again if the 50-year-old wants the England international then a compromise will have to be met.