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Everton rejects United bid for Fellaini, Baines

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP)

Manchester United manager David Moyes is trying to sign Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines from Everton but his former club has rejected the approach.

After reports of a joint bid of 28 million pounds ($43 million) for the players, Everton said it had ''been rejected out of hand.''

The club said the offer was ''derisory and insulting.''

Moyes signed Fellaini for Everton in 2008 for a fee that has already reached 17 million pounds ($27 million). The 25-year-old Belgium midfielder's Goodison Park contract runs for another three years.

Baines, the 28-year-old England defender who joined Everton for 6 million pounds ($9.4 million) from Wigan in 2007, is under contract until 2015.

Moyes moved from Everton to United in the close season after Alex Ferguson retired.

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