As one England international’s pleas for a way out of Manchester United drags on, there’s another that could be about to get his dream move to the Red Devils.
Everton’s Leighton Baines is hot property and his former boss David Moyes, who continues to insist want-away striker Wayne Rooney is not for sale, is reportedly planning a second bid to tempt the Merseysiders resolve.
United had a £12 million offer for the England left-back turned down earlier this summer but Moyes knows better than anyone what kind of deal Everton won’t be able to refuse and the next bid – reported to be around the £17m mark – should be accepted.
His development under Moyes at Everton was pretty sensational; progressing from a steady, safe pair of hands, to one of the world’s most dangerous attacking full-backs.
Pushing a deal through for Baines would add a different dynamic to a left-back position at United that has gone rather stale over the last few years.
Patrice Evra’s tenure in Manchester has been a richly successful one but at the age of 32, his legs have restricted him from being the attacking force he once was. That diminishing pace is only going to go one way as his body grows older.
Baines not only brings a far more bulldozer-like attitude to the table, his ability to deliver crosses with his dreamy left-foot is a weapon that United could utilise to great effect.
The England international sparkles from dead and rolling ball situations; he is more than capable of delivering high quality whilst on the run or from a static scenario.
In a World Cup year, especially, Baines will be keen to take his career to the next level. He served his apprentice under Moyes and it looks like the same man will give him the opportunity in the big-time.