Everton line up Baines replacement

Granada Defender Guilherme SiqueiraEverton manager Roberto Martinez has Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira on his radar should he lose Leighton Baines to Manchester United over the summer, the Daily Mail reports.

Like many La Liga-based players this pre-season, it is understood that the 27-year-old Brazilian left back is available for a cut price £4million. Siqueira also possesses Italian citizenship meaning there is no chance of a tedious delay in proceedings over potential work permit problems. Sources say wages have already been agreed, yet any deal to bring him to Everton will only happen in the event that David Moyes poaches Everton’s star player from last season.

Roberto Martinez has retained an interest in the Spanish market for players having signed several of the current Wigan squad he left behind from Spain’s top two divisions. He also signed Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu on loan last week and it looks as if any further reinforcements at Goodison Park will come from either Spain or his former club Wigan.

The move for Siqueira is significant in that he is a player who bases his game on consistent movement up and down the flanks – making a significant attacking impact in the 2012-13 La Liga season. In a similar vein to Baines, Siqueira contributed to a significant chunk of Granada’s goals last season with six goals and three assists as well as 21 shots from his 36 appearances.

Would Siqueira be an adequate replacement for Baines?

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