Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that champions Manchester United are wasting their time with their pursuit of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
The Red Devils, now managed by former-Everton boss David Moyes, offered The Toffees £28million for the duo, but their offer was quickly rejected and labelled as insulting to the football club.
Reports have broken out this morning that United could be prepared to offer up to £35million for Baines and Fellaini, but speaking to EvertonTV, Martinez has revealed that Moyes and United are wasting their time over the transfer saga.
‘It’s been well documented what happened with the transfer speculation, that’s been dealt with and it was all a little bit of a waste of time – time I don’t want the players to waste,’ Martinez said to evertontv.
‘I think the situation is very clear. I think as a football club we will always keep our fans informed. I’m not a big believer in having the window open while the games are starting. I think the start of the season was important for us at Norwich and I won’t come out now and carry on talking about the speculation.
‘When there is something to tell our fans we will do that – they’ll be the first ones to know if there are any players coming in or any players going out.
‘But I don’t believe in getting involved in the transfer window when the games are underway and we are in a very, very important moment of our season. We’re trying to find our feet, we got a good start under our belts, we’ve got real competition for places and we’ve got the visit of West Brom at the weekend.
‘The players have had the demands of international football and then they started the league with a lot of travelling, so obviously you can imagine it’s been important these past few days that we can get them recovered, regenerate them in the right manner and get them ready for the next game. That, at the moment, is our only focus.’
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt