Everton Confident of Keeping Hold of Man United Target Leighton Baines

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Toffees will resist all moves to sign their star full back. 

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Everton are understood to be extremely confident of keeping hold of defender Leighton Baines this season, despite renewed interest in the player from Premier League champions Manchester United, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.

The England international has already told the Merseyside giants that he would like to move to Old Trafford this summer following bids for his services from the Red Devils.

So far, new United head coach David Moyes has seen an offer for both the attack-minded full back and his team-mate Marouane Fellaini rejected by the Toffees, with the joint bid falling well short of their valuation of the duo.

However, it is expected that United will shortly return with an improved offer for the pair, but despite the left back having made it clear to recently appointed Everton manager Roberto Martinez that he wants to depart Goodison Park before the close-season transfer window closes on Sept 2, the club are understood to be set to block his move to the champions.

Baines, who has been at Everton since the summer of 2007, has a contract with the Merseysiders that currently runs until June 2015, with the club thought to value the Englishman at around the £15 million mark, a figure that United feel is too high for a player of his age who has little resale value.

And as such, it looks like Baines will still be an Everton player this time next week.

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