Manchester United hope Baines will try to force Goodison exit.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is still in for Leighton Baines, and hopes the left-back will submit a transfer request to force a move away from Everton.
United had an initial bid of £12million for Baines rejected earlier this summer, and the Daily Mail claim they are hoping to avoid over-spending on the left-back by getting him to request a transfer from Goodison Park.
Moyes only left Everton for United himself this summer, after being appointed as the successor to legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, and the Scot has been linked with a couple of raids on his old club since then.
Baines is thought to have been a prime target, as has midfielder Marouane Fellaini, whilst Phil Jagielka has also been linked with a switch to the Red Devils.
Earlier this week, new Everton manager Roberto Martinez hinted that United had given up on signing Baines, but it would appear that this particular saga could keep running until the end of the transfer window.
The Toffees boss also hinted that he would be willing to listen to offers of over £30million for Fellaini, though he was confident of keeping his key players this season.