Old Trafford side close in on Goodison Park star.
Man United are ready to make a £20m offer for Everton full-back Leighton Baines according to the Daily Star.
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Having failed with previous bids for the 28 year old England international David Moyes will apparently ‘finally’ sign his former charge according to this source, with Roberto Martinez making it clear that should the Toffees valuation be met then the left-back may well be set for a Goodison Park exit.
On the matter Martinez recently stated;
“My answer is clear. When I want a player I need to understand the valuation. If I really want a player then I need to match that.
“Then I put the other club and the player in a situation to decide. That’s not happened. We have never been in a position where the valuation has been matched for Leighton.
“We don’t need the money. We don’t need to balance the books. And that’s something we wanted to have.
“Then you can make football decisions rather than financial decisions. We’re very strong in that respect. Every player’s position is the same.
“If you have got a club where they want to sign a player, they come in and match the valuation. The timing is everything.
“But Leighton is a vital player in our squad. He’s an icon to the fans. All I want is for him to enjoy his football and be focused for the World Cup.
“We will work hard behind the scenes and when there’s anything to tell the fans they’ll be the first to know.”
Having brought in Marouane Fellaini from his former club Moyes is keen to bring in Baines to act as a long term replacement for Patrice Evra, with the French international set to be out of contract in the summer and could well be set for a return to Ligue 1.
Martinez has been without Baines in recent weeks and may well have been impressed by the form shown by replacement Bryan Oviedo.
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