David Moyes is on a collision course with his former club after Everton condemned as “derisory and insulting” a joint £28million bid from Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
A strongly worded statement released by Everton on Monday made no mention of Fellaini and Baines not being for sale. But, United will have to raise their bid substantially if they are to persuade their rivals to part with both the Belgium midfielder and England left back respectively.
United are thought to be prepared to pay up to £35million, but Everton value the pair at around £10million more than that figure.
When United offered £12million for Baines in June, Bill Kenwright, the Everton chairman, believed Moyes reneged on an agreement struck when he left Goodison Park to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season not to come in for any of his old players.
Tottenham Hotspur are ready to take their summer spending to over £90m with the signing of Anzhi Makhachkala forward Willian.
The two clubs have agreed a £30m deal with the Brazilian in London currently undergoing a medical. Though the deal is not complete and there is a small possibility he could still opt for Liverpool, Spurs look increasingly likely to make their fifth summer signing.
Liverpool were originally thought to be favourites to sign Willian, but Spurs decided to revisit their interest in the former Shakhtar Donestk player. Andre Villas-Boas had attempted to sign Willian in January, with Daniel Levy travelling to Ukraine to speak to negotiate a deal with Shakhtar.
Arsenal launched a scattergun pursuit of targets on Monday, failing with a bid of £10million to sign Yohan Cabaye and sounding out other options after making a disappointing start to their campaign.
Newcastle United slapped a £25million price tag on Cabaye, while Arsenal were also exploring the possibility of a move for Micah Richards because of Swansea City’s excessive demands for another defender, Ashley Williams.