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David Moyes has confirmed Manchester United will lodge an improved offer for Everton pair Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini after urging his old club to let them move to Old Trafford for the benefit of their careers.

Moyes, who left Everton at the end of last season, had a £28 million joint-bid for the duo rejected earlier this week, which the Merseyside club branded "derisory and insulting".

Moyes's successor at Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez, questioned the timing of the offer, but Moyes says he remains on good terms with the club and their chairman, Bill Kenwright.

"There's a mixed market at the moment. Nobody's quite sure where the price is just now," Moyes said.

"We've had offers for players which we think are quite small. I can see where other clubs might be thinking there's not enough value for their players as well.

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"I definitely (have sympathy for Martinez). But I also know if I had been Everton manager and Sir Alex (Ferguson) had come asking for Baines and Fellaini, I'd have found it very difficult to keep them.

"I always thought the right thing to do was the right thing for players.

"Roberto is new in his job and I'm sure he'll get to understand how Everton work. I respect Everton greatly and speak with Bill Kenwright most weeks.

"Of course taking their players is going to affect them, but there is not any disrespect whatsoever because we didn't make the offer public."

Moyes has admitted that United’s pursuit of Baines and Fellaini is not over and suggested the submission of a new offer is a matter of “when” not if.

“The bid was probably, from our point of view, a private thing and I guess when we make a new offer we will keep that confidential as well,” Moyes added.

“The transfer window is open and you can say yes or no, it’s as simple as that.”


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