David Moyes seems determined to lure left-back Leighton Baines to Manchester United – and bwin go odds-on that the Everton player is reunited with his old manager at Old Trafford before the end of the current transfer window.
Moyes, who has just taken over from the retired Sir Alex Ferguson at United, has already had one bid turned down for his former left-back, who became one of the finest defenders in the country after signing for the Goodison Park outfit for £5 million from Wigan Athletic in 2007.
That bid, believed to be around £10 million, was turned down emphatically by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright but Baines, who scored five goals as the Toffees finished sixth in the Premier League last term, has just two years left on his contract, making it a delicate situation for Kenwright.
Moyes’ successor at Goodison, Roberto Martinez, has made it clear he would prefer to extend the 28-year-old’s contract, calling him “the best left-back in the country” and stating that “Leighton is more than a player, he is an icon, he represents a lot about our football club… he is vital for our future and for what we are going to achieve”.
But it is thought that an offer from United much closer to Everton’s valuation of the player – reported to be nearer to £20 million than the £10 million offered previously – could be enough to convince the Merseysiders to do business.
And with that offer reported to be imminent, bwin believe that Moyes will eventually get his man – it is just 3/10 for Baines to sign for the Premier League champions this summer.
Everton are 6/5 to resist the overtures from United and keep Baines at Goodison until January at the earliest, while the former Wigan man is at least 22/1 to sign for any other club before September 4th.