Defender Alexander Buttner is on the verge of a one-year loan move away from Manchester United, with the champions stepping up their interest in Everton left back Leighton Baines.
United are 4/5 to land Baines’ signature, with the Toffees at 10/11 to hold on to a player who has proven an able deputy to Ashley Cole in the England starting line-up over the last couple of years.
Baines was an ever-present in David Moyes’ last Premier League campaign at the club, as the Blues finished sixth and above local rivals Liverpool for the second successive season.
It is the new Old Trafford boss’ wish to be reunited with his former defensive stalwart and rumours that Baines had handed in a transfer request, which were brushed aside by Roberto Martinez, threatened to disrupt Everton’s preparations for the Capital One Cup clash with Stevenage, although they came through with a 2-1 win after extra time.
Moyes has reportedly sanctioned two joint bids for Baines and midfielder Marouane Fellaini during the summer.
Despite claims that Goodison Park chairman Bill Kenwright values the pair at a combined £50m, United have not given up hope of landing the duo before the transfer deadline.
Besiktas are thought to have agreed terms on a loan deal for Buttner and the left back will be hoping for more game-time than the five league appearances he managed during his debut season in the north west.
The 24-year-old Dutchman was brought in by Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last summer as cover for Patrice Evra, whose place will be under threat if Baines gets his move.
The former Wigan Athletic man’s seven goals in all competitions last season is more than Evra has managed in his entire time in England.
Baines’ ferocious free-kick taking and nerveless ability from the penalty spot would add to the multitude of attacking options already available to Moyes at United.