New manager David Moyes weighing up bids for Fellaini and Baines.
Manchester United boss David Moyes wants to be reunited with Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines and is weighing up a £30m bid for the duo, reports the Guardian.
The Red Devils are already in talks to bring midfielder Fellaini to Old Trafford, with top target Cesc Fabregas looking increasingly likely to remain at Barcelona.
Moyes brought both Fellaini and Baines to Goodison Park during his tenure as Everton boss, with the former arriving from £15m from Standard Liege in 2008 and Baines a £6m capture from Wigan in 2007.
Both players excelled under Moyes on Merseyside but the Scot is sensitive about the need to conduct business with his former employer in the right way, having spent 11 years at Everton, a club he deeply respects.
The new United boss has so far been frustrated in the transfer market, with Thiago Alcantara opting to join Bayern Munich from Barcelona and a move for his former teammate Fabregas proving complex.
The Old Trafford club have only added young Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela to the squad this summer but Moyes is aware of the need for a central midfielder following the retirement of Paul Scholes.
Moyes’ successor Roberto Martinez has insisted that there have been no bids for either Fellaini or Baines, both of whom the Spaniard would be loth to lose so close to the start of the new season.
“There are no bids,” Martínez said. “When you read that someone is interested in someone, it doesn’t mean there is a bid on the table. Marouane has been working really hard.
“Leighton Baines has been working really hard for the team, and that’s all that matters. I’ve said from day one as a manager you only concentrate on working hard.
“I don’t mind having my players grabbing headlines. That’s a good story because it means they’ve been doing well. I’m only concentrating on having as strong a squad as possible for the start of the season.”
Belgium international Fellaini scored 12 goals for the Toffees last season, whilst Baines enjoyed a fine campaign, shining from full-back.