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Everton Have No Imminent Plans To Hand Manchester United Target New Deal

England full back has less than two years left on his current contract at Goodison. 

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Everton will reward coveted defender Leighton Baines with a pay rise, however, the Toffees have no immediate plans as yet to offer the Englishman a new contract in order to ward off interest in the player from Premier League champions Manchester United, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

The Red Devils kept close tabs on the attacking full back throughout the summer transfer window, with new head coach David Moyes even lodging two bids with the Merseyside giants for the 28-year-old’s services.

However, both of those offers were rejected out of hand by Everton, who remained determined to keep hold of Baines during the close season, although the club are said to still be wary of United returning for the left back when the transfer window reopens for business at the turn of the year.

And in an effort to keep hold of Baines at Goodison Park in January, manager Roberto Martinez is set to reward the England international for his loyalty to the club by giving Baines a 50 per cent pay rise on his current  wage packet to take the player up to £75,000 per week.

But contrary to other recent speculation, the club are not planning on offering Baines a contract extension on his current deal, which now only runs until June 30 2015.

“At the moment, all it is is the games and any individual contracts or situations are put aside,” said Martinez.

“The only thing that concerns me is just to make sure he’s as fit as he can be and gets in a stronger position and balances the demands of England and club level.

“That’s what I’m focused on, that his day to day is perfect.

“Everything else, behind the scenes we’re happy with the situation and we’re making sure he’s happy as well.”

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