Everton coach admits star wanted Manchester United move

Leighton Baines

Everton coach Alan Stubbs has revealed Leighton Baines was hoping to complete a move to Manchester United during the summer, reports the Daily Express.

Baines was widely linked with a switch to Old Trafford in the summer, and was the subject of two bids from his former manager David Moyes.

The left back ended up staying on Merseyside despite the interest from the champions, whilst Maraoune Fellaini was granted his move to Old Trafford for a fee of £27.5million.

Stubbs has admitted that Baines was hopeful of completing his switch to United, but the move was blocked by Everton.

“Bainesy was never really an option to leave, the club had dug its heels in, but Bainesy had obviously said he’d like to go,” Stubbs said.

The comments from the former Everton defender has directly contradicted manager Roberto Martinez’s claims that Baines wanted to stay at Goodison Park.

The 28-year-old is yet to have his say on the matter, while some reports have suggested United may well return with an improved offer for the player in January.

There is no doubt Everton will once again look to hang onto Baines, who Martinez sees as an integral part of his plans.

The former Wigan boss wants Baines in for the long haul as he looks to rebuild at Goodison Park, and hopes the deadline day signings of James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku will convince the England man to stay until the end of the season at least.

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