According to The Sun, experienced defender Leighton Baines is ready to leave Everton this summer for the MLS.
Indeed, it is being reported that LA Galaxy and the newly-formed Los Angeles FC have been made aware that the left-back could be available in this summer’s transfer window.
Baines has spent the last 11 seasons at Goodison Park – making over 400 appearances – but he will be 34 in December, and his current contract with the Toffees will expire next summer.
A calf problem interrupted Baines’ 2017-18 campaign, but he still made 29 appearances for Everton last term – scoring three times and registering four assists.
Everton are currently seeking a new manager, however, and it remains to be seen whether 30-time England international Baines fits into the plans of the incoming head coach.
There is absolutely no question that the former Wigan Athletic full-back has been a wonderful servant for Everton, but it seems that the bulk of the club’s supporters feel that now is the right time for him to move on.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Leighton baines is off #efc
— blueEFC0917 (@efc0917) May 22, 2018
If it happens, would be a shame to lose baines now but would be quite a statement from new DoF to bring in a new starting LB and a replacement in one window when his predecessor couldn't get a single LB in 2 years. #EFC
— Matthew Gilbert (@matthgilbert1) May 23, 2018
Reports are that Leighton Baines is a transfer target for two MLS sides in the US. Would be great to see him leave now simply for the fact he will leave as a hero to us and not end up staying to be ridiculed for losing his pace etc.. Great player, great servant for EFC
— Joe Hawkins (@combervoices) May 23, 2018
Looking like the new broom is at work. Baines has been magnificent. Hope we have got a younger version lined up. Also think it’s time for Rooney to step down #EFC
— C (@chughs67) May 23, 2018
As much as I love Baines it’s right to let him go. Been on the decline for a few years now and is becoming more injury prone https://t.co/g7y7yRQxk7
— EFCTweeter (@EFCTweeter1878) May 23, 2018
— Ryan Holroyd (@RyanHolroyd6) May 23, 2018
No problem with either leaving as long as they replaced. No place for sentimentality in football they both once great players who now shadows of there former self
— Nil satis nisi optimum (@Amcgregor21) May 23, 2018
If we can sign a replacement for baines and Robinson is deemed decent back up I would let baines go
— Adam Gainford (@gaino92) May 23, 2018