Everton Close In On Deal to Sign Full-Back as Potential Replacement for Leighton Baines

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Merseysiders have come to accept that their attacking England full back will not now be at Goodison Park next season.  

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New Everton head coach Roberto Martinez is keen on signing Granada defender Guilherme Siqueira this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

The Spaniard is said to be currently bracing himself for yet another bid from Premier League champions Manchester United for his star left-back Leighton Baines, with the Red Devils already having had one offer turned down by the Toffees for their coveted England international.

However, if as expected United boss David Moyes does return with a second improved bid for Baines, then Martinez has already laid the groundwork for a move to bring in a replacement for his full back.

Siqueira has been with the Liga outfit for only the past two seasons now, having originally arrived in Spain from Serie A side Udinese, initially on a season-long loan, before the Brazil-born player then agreed a four-year deal to remain permanently with Granada last summer.

And in total, the 27-year-old has appeared in 70 matches for the Spaniards in all competitions since 2011, during which time Siqueira has found the back of the net on an impressive 12 occasions from his left-back berth, a feature of his game that has attracted the player to Martinez.



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