Manchester United have had a £12m bid for England’s left-back Leighton Baines rejected by Everton.
United’s boss David Moyes has made Baines, 28, one of his top transfer targets and will want to reunite with the defender at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Merseyside club chairman Bill Kenwright had earlier warned the united boss he will not be allowed to take Baines with him to Old Trafford.
Kenwright insisted the other players apart from Marrouaine Fellaini are unavailable for sale.
“I’ve said to David, ‘We all know the situation at Everton. We all know there’s a player who’s got an escape clause, but the others are not for sale.
“Roberto (Martinez) doesn’t want them to go and they don’t want to go.”
And Baines has recently spoken about how much he is relishing working with Martinez, who has replaced Moyes at Everton.
“We’ve chatted on the phone. It was just about speaking about the start of the season and looking forward to working with each other. Anyone you speak to only says great things about him.”
However, Moyes is almost certain to return with an improved offer to persuade Everton to part with one of their prize assets.