Midfielder keen to see duo stay.
Everton midfielder Leon Osman has said that he hopes to get through transfer deadline day without star duo Marouane Fellaini and Laighton Baines leaving the club, but he has insisted that they will find a way to cope if they do, Sky Sports reports.
Both players played the full 90 minutes of the weekend’s goalless draw with Cardiff City and manager Roberto Martinez had no hesitation in including them despite persistent interest from Manchester United.
Everton have been linked with moves for Wigan’s James McCarthy, Manchester City’s Gareth Barry and Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand in the meantime, and though Osman hopes to see the pair stay with the club, he feel’s confident that the side will be strong enough to push on should they eventually leave.
“As with any team, no player is bigger than the club. If someone goes, you move on, you adapt, you find new ways of playing without those players,” said midfielder Osman.
“You will end up getting new players in who will make you stronger in different areas. Whatever happens come Monday night or Tuesday morning, we will move on and make ourselves strong.”
The 32-year-old would certainly prefer to see Baines and Fellaini remain in blue beyond Monday night.
“I will just turn the telly off on transfer deadline day and hope they’re still here come Monday night,” he said. “You certainly don’t want to lose your better players and you hope you sign some good ones as well.
“As players, we can’t affect it, so we’ve just got to let things happen and deal with them when they do.
“Every Evertonian is hoping they stay, but we live in the real world and things happen differently than you want to.
“It’s always difficult when you’re talking about the money which is being bandied about by the clubs that are interested.
“It’s going to be difficult, but we’re a big club ourselves. Let’s see what happens come the end of the window.”
Of Baines, Osman added: “I think for the last few seasons he’s been consistently brilliant week in, week out.
“He deserves the plaudits he gets and it doesn’t surprise me that people are interested in him.”