MANCHESTER UNITED boss David Moyes was last night closing in on the £40million double signing of Everton pair Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.

An initial bid of £28m for his former Goodison Park stars incensed the Merseyside club’s chairman Bill Kenwright who was then prepared to dig in and not listen to any further offers.

But Kenwright who still enjoys a good personal relationship with his former manager has relented for three reasons.

He knows that both players – neither of whom would go as far as to submit a transfer request – are keen to move to Old Trafford.

He believes the latest increased offer is more realistic. And he knows the club’s bank would not look favourably at a substantial cash windfall being rebuffed.

United have also lodged bids for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and Roma’s experienced ball-winner Daniele De Rossi.