Baines open to Man Utd move but won’t ask to leave Everton

Leighton Baines is willing to join Premier League champions Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph has reported, but will not ask to leave Everton out of respect for his current club.

Everton are said to be confident of keeping hold of the England left-back after the transfer window closes next Monday, with a series of offers from United falling well short of the club’s £18m valuation. It is expected that United will baulk at meeting the price of the 28-year-old because of his age, and former Everton manager David Moyes, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford this summer, knows Baines is not the sort to push for a transfer and rock the boat.

Baines is thought to have come to terms with the chances of his United move dropping and will remain committed to Everton. He was an unused substitute during Everton’s 2-1 win over Stevenage in the Capital One Cup, the victory eventually sealed after extra time by another United target, Marouane Fellaini.

Fellaini was introduced as a substitute in extra time and is expected to be the subject of another approach from United before the transfer deadline. Everton’s record signing has a price tag of £23m on his head, while United had previously offered £26m for the pair, drawing a fierce rebuke from Everton for the timing of the offer as much as the amount.

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