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Manchester United Confirm Interest in Everton Ace

by Chris Smith

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Depending on whether or not Manchester United are willing to match the £5m Everton paid Wigan for the defender in 2007, left-back Leighton Baines could be playing his football for Sir Alex’s side next season…

Sir Alex Ferguson has identified the Everton left-back as a possible successor for captain Patrice Evra as the Frenchman nears his 31st birthday. And the belief at Old Trafford is that Everton’s financial situation could enable them to land Baines for as ­little as £5million.

Source: Mirror Football

The Daily Mail has this morning reported that Manchester United are keen on signing  Everton defender Leighton Baines this transfer window, following increased speculation that United left-back and captain Patrice Evra could be on his way out.

The prospect of recouping the initial £5m they paid Wigan to recruit Baines ­almost five years ago may be too tempting for the the Toffees to turn down.

Baines, 27, has been outstanding this season and is putting pressure on Ashley Cole to be England’s first-choice left-back at Euro 2012. The former Wigan defender would offer a threat from set pieces, with his left foot amongst one of the best in the Premier League.

The left-back has just over three years left on his contract at Goodison and is a big favourite with the fans. But Ferguson has been monitoring him for the past two years and knows that the prospect of Champions League football could be enough to persuade Baines to make the move.

In other news, Ferguson has ­assured his opposite number David Moyes has made the right choice in staying at Everton for the past 10 seasons, stating:

“Only David can answer whether he should do that. It’s where he goes from Everton to fulfil his next step in management. There’s nothing wrong with staying at Everton.

“It’s been a challenge for the lad, who’s had to deal with injuries over the years and hasn’t had the financial backing that I and other managers get. He’s done that aspect of the job fantastically well.

“I’m sure he’s ambitious. It’s choosing the moment of what’s the best thing to do – whether he stays at Everton or not.”

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