Everton face a battle to hang on to Leighton Baines after Manchester United had an opening bid for the England left-back rejected.
United boss David Moyes, who does not technically begin work at Old Trafford until Monday, returned to his former club with a bid of about £12million for the defender.
It was dismissed out of hand by Everton, who have stressed the 28-year-old is not for sale.
While the Toffees are determined to maintain that stance it is unlikely to deter United, who can offer Baines Champions League soccer at a time when he is probably at the peak of his career.
Last season the left-back created 116 chances - more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues - and was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the second successive season.
Baines has been Everton's most consistent performer over the last couple of years and while they are not prepared to consider a sale the club value the player, who is close to deposing Ashley Cole as first...