Manchester United hope to sign England star, but their £12 million bid has not convinced Everton to part ways with their prized asset.
Manchester United have made contact with Everton about signing left back Leighton Baines, tabling a bid for £12 million.
New Old Trafford boss David Moyes is a huge fan of the 28 year-old, having bought Baines whilst manager of the Goodison Park outfit, and it is little surprise to see him attempt to bring about a reunion.
The England international has proven himself a fine player since he was promoted to the Barclays Premier League with Wigan Athletic in 2005, and earned a move to Everton in 2007, and a call up to the senior England team in March 2009.
As well as developing into a quality defender, Baines has emerged as one of the best attacking full backs in world football, and created 116 chances last season – more than any other player in the English top flight.
Many of those were from free kicks and corners, with Baines’ delivery from set pieces one of his greatest attributes.
He is also able to find a fantastic understanding with the player in front of him on the left side of midfield, with Steven Pienaar the latest to benefit from the near-telepathic relationship.
According to the BBC however, Leighton Baines is not for sale.
However, Manchester United are unlikely to be dissuaded just yet, and this is likely to be a transfer saga that runs on and on.