Everton hoping to stave off Manchester United with new Baines deal
Leighton Baines is back on the Red Devils’ radar this month, although Roberto Martinez is hoping to keep hold of the England left-back by making sure he is awarded a new contract.
January 15th, 2014
Baines worked with David Moyes at Goodison Park and it’s clear that the latter wants him at Old Trafford, having failed to acquire the 29-year-old last summer as part of a combined package deal with Marouane Fellaini.
Despite the player’s age, Moyes feels as though Baines could be a missing part of his Manchester United jigsaw although Everton are understandably keen to block any advances from a team who are jostling with them for a place in the Premier League top four.
The Guardian reports that the Toffees are hoping to end the uncertainty over the player’s future by securing the England international on a new long-term contract, although United are currently yet to make a fresh bid for a player who has just returned from injury.
Meanwhile, Nikica Jelavic’s Everton career is over after the Croatian headed to Hull City on Wednesday for a medical, with the striker set to sign at the KC Stadium for an initial £5.5million, thus reiterating the Tigers’ ambition in the Premier League.
It leaves the Toffees short of attacking options, especially with Ross Barkley currently sidelined, although it appears that they could complete the signing of Kenwyne Jones over the next few days after the striker was fined by Stoke for failing to make an appearance for Sunday’s match against Liverpool.