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Sunday 21 September 2014

Martinez calls for window changes

Published 29/08/2013 | 07:37

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Roberto Martinez's Everton left it late to beat Stevenage

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has refused to comment on the latest round of speculation concerning key players Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.

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A fresh report has claimed that Baines has told Everton he wishes to leave for Manchester United while it has also been suggested the Old Trafford club are lining up a £38million bid for him and Fellaini.

Everton last week rejected a £28million joint offer for the duo from United as "derisory and insulting".

Speaking after watching Fellaini hit an extra-time winner against Stevenage in the Capital One Cup, Martinez said: "There are so many stories and I hope the authorities will look into it.

"It is a circus when the transfer window is open and the games are going on.

"If the competitive games weren't going on I could sit with you here and talk about transfer targets.

"At the moment I really feel for the game. We are concentrating on rumours too much. There is nothing to tell. If there is anything to tell we will tell our fans.

"We are working to try to add a few new faces in the window but I hope the authorities will look into it and don't allow this to happen again.

"Next season will be even worse with the period of transfers and the games overlapping."

While Everton might be bracing themselves from a renewed approach from United, Martinez still has no doubt over the pair's commitment.

Both players were named on the bench against League One Stevenage, and while Baines did not feature in the 2-1 second-round win at Goodison Park, both received good ovations.

Martinez said: "The two players have been true professionals and that is what I want. They are dedicated to the club.

"Marouane Fellaini gave us the push we needed. We deserved to go through. The headlines should go about how well Stevenage played."

Everton dominated proceedings with Ross Barkley and debutant Gerard Deulofeu, on loan from Barcelona, impressing.

They were caught against the run of play when Luke Freeman struck for Stevenage but Deulofeu replied with a superb individual effort.

Everton squandered a host of chances to settle the tie in normal time and they were almost made to pay when boyhood Evertonian Greg Tansey forced Joel Robles into a fine injury-time save.

Fellaini finally entered the fray, for Barkley, six minutes into extra time and his presence paid off in the 115th minute.

Martinez said: "It was a typical cup tie. Stevenage were really really good, a well organised team.

"The first goal is always important. The goal was a little bit of a mistake, a misunderstanding.

"From that point on, I thought we were very good in two thirds, but in the final third we were at times naive.

"At times we didn't show enough sharpness. I couldn't be happier in the manner we kept a good tempo."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley did not attend the post-match press conference.

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