Man United Close In On £15m Leighton Baines Signing as Everton Look for Replacement Full-Back

Old Trafford side given hope in Goodison Park star chase.

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Manchester United’s bid to sign Leighton Baines has been boosted by the news Everton have made plans to recruit Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward.

Everton are understood to be ­demanding £15million for Baines, but United hope to reduce that fee by ­offering players for loan as part of the deal.

And United will be encouraged to find out Everton have already starting looking for ­replacements by joining the race to sign Wolves left-back Ward.

Like Baines, Ward is in Poland and Ukraine on Euro 2012 duty but the 26-year-old is expected to quit Molineux this summer. The thought of losing Baines is troubling ­Goodison Park boss David Moyes.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

Whilst it’s clearly incredibly frustrating for David Moyes to have consider the possibility of losing Leighton Baines the Everton boss can not be hugely surprised by the predicament he finds himself in as it’s one he has found himself in many times during his Toffees reign.

The whole situation must also deeply anger Everton supporters who must wonder where the money goes. The Merseyside club has been living on a shoe-string budget for many years now and the financial situation they find themselves in doesn’t appear to have lessened in that period.

Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to be a big fan of the former Wigan man and may well see Baines as a long term successor to Patrice Evra, who didn’t perform to his best last term. Perhaps he sees the England man as a player who can seriously challenge the French international for his spot.

Stephen Ward may be just one of many players who could leave relegated Wolves this summer with the likes of Matt Jarvis, Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher sure to be interesting Premier League sides looking for a bargain.

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