Everton hopeful of securing new deal

Everton hope Leighton Baines will snub a move to Manchester United in favour of signing a new contract at Goodison Park, according to the Guardian.

The England international has been the subject of intense interest from former manager David Moyes, who saw two bids for his services rejected in the summer.

Reports have suggested Moyes is set to return with another offer this month, but Everton hope to secure the 29-year-old on a new long term contract.

The full back has 12 months remaining on his existing Everton contract at the end of the season, the same time Patrice Evra is expected to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer.

But after negotiations, Everton are thought to have made a breakthrough over an extended deal for Baines, which is set to leave David Moyes frustrated in the transfer market once more.

Everton tried to tie Baines to a new deal at the end of last season, but the interest from Manchester United saw any negotiations stall.

The Toffee’s rejected two official bids from the Premier League champions, including a joint offer of £28million for Baines and Maraoune Fellaini, an offer they described as ‘derisory and insulting.’

Baines is one of several key players Roberto Martinez hopes to tie to a new contract, another of which includes Ross Barkely, who has also been linked with Manchester United.


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