United failed with a combined bid of £28million plus £2million in add-ons for Fellaini and Everton’s England left-back Leighton Baines last week.

But with the acrimony between the two clubs escalating in recent days United are now ready to focus efforts on landing Fellaini before Monday’s transfer deadline with manager David Moyes believing that Everton are more likely to sanction the sale of the 25-year-old on his own rather than as part of a deal with Baines.
Everton angrily rejected the offer from Old Trafford describing it as “derisory and insulting” before manager Roberto Martinez spoke out publicly to condemn the manner of United’s efforts to sign the players.

Martinez’s complaints sparked a war of words with Moyes who left Goodison Park after 11 years as manager to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season with the United manager claiming his successor should “do the right thing” by allowing Baines and Fellaini to further their careers by moving to Old Trafford.

Although a £23million escape clause in Fellaini’s contract expired at the end of last month the former Standard Liege player is understood to have made it clear to Everton that he is keen to move to United.