The 25-year-old Belgium international has not handed in an official transfer request but it is believed he has spoken to Martinez of his desire to follow David Moyes to Manchester United, who have lodged a new £36million bid for Fellaini and teammate Leighton Baines after last week’s £26million offer was laughed off by the Toffees.
But Martinez admits he does have replacements in mind should the pair complete their move to United before the transfer window closes early next week.
He said: “The way you work in the transfer market is to always think about the unthinkable.
“You always have to work in a way which means that if the worst was to happen, and you picked up one or two injuries, you need to replace players.
“I have told the chairman I don’t want to know anything that’s going on. I only want to know the final news. I have had enough of “he said this, he said that.” This is sensitive.”
Fellaini’s move will delight Moyes, who has struggled to strengthen the side he inherited from the retired Sir Alex Ferguson, as he attempts to place his own stamp on the Premier League champions.
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