Man Utd turn to Swansea’s Taylor as Baines alternative

Manchester United have given up their pursuit of Everton defender Leighton Baines and have instead turned their attention to Swansea City full-back Neil Taylor, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The newspaper adds that Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to sign a new left-back after allowing Fabio move on loan to Queens Park Rangers, with the manager in search of cover for and an alternative to Patrice Evra. England international Baines was said to be Ferguson’s first choice but Everton are holding firm on their £20m valuation of the player, pushing Ferguson towards Swansea’s Team GB and Wales representative Taylor.

At 22 Taylor is five years younger than Baines and the Mirror suggest he would cost substantially less, claiming the former Wrexham player could be available for as little as £5m. Taylor was wanted by Newcastle a year ago but remained in South Wales, playing a vital part in Swansea’s first Premier League campaign and missing only two league matches all season.

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