Moyes identifies Honduran as Baines replacement.
Everton boss David Moyes wants Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre to replace outbound Leighton Baines at Goodison Park.
England international Baines is wanted by Manchester United and Moyes is resigned to losing the 27-year-old after Euro 2012.
The Scot has wasted no time in identifying Izaguirre as a replacement and will test Celtic’s resolve with a £7 million bid for the flying Honduran.
The 26-year-old joined Celtic from his home town club Motagua in summer 2010 and claimed both the SPFA Players’ Player of the Year and Scottish Premier League Player of the Year awards in his first full season in Scotland.
Celtic assistant boss John Mjallby claimed Izaguirre could become the finest left-back in world football if he continued to progress but the Honduran suffered a broken ankle last August, ruling him out of the first half of Celtic’s title winning season.
He returned to action in January and the star, who has 48 caps for his country, quickly reestablished himself in the team at Parkhead.
Cash-strapped Everton will only move for Izaguirre if Baines completes his move to Old Trafford. Although Celtic are reluctant to sell their number 3, a £7 million bid would represent a huge profit on the £600,000 they paid for Izaguirre and should be enough to see him complete a move to the Premier League.