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Will Leighton Baines be a Manchester United player come January?

Nov 16, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

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Multiple sources are reporting that, come January, Manchester United will succeed in wooing Leighton Baines away from Everton. The Red Devils have made two previous attempts, over the last two summers, to sign the left back — but it seems that the Englishman is now poised to join up with former manager David Moyes.

Apparently, Patrice Evra, who’s been with United since 2006, is set to move back to his native France in the summer. With Moyes eager to install Baines at left back, he wants to snap up the 29 year old at the best possible time — during the January transfer window, when prices for Englishmen with Proven Premier League Experience are at their peak. And since Moyes made it perfectly clear during the summer that he was anxious to be reunited with his former player, it’s quite likely that Everton are going to make a pretty penny should the deal go through.

Adding Manchester United to his resume might increase Baines’s chances of snatching a starting spot on the England squad away from Ashley Cole. Baines missed out on a trip to South Africa but has had many more opportunities since that time, including involvement in England’s World Cup qualifying process. However, the Everton man failed to impress against Chile on Friday night, practically inviting Alexis Sánchez to steal the ball and score the opening goal, so Baines will be looking for any opportunity that boosts his chances of starting in Brazil.

Of course, it’s necessary to remember that this rumor is circulating in the middle of an international break. There’s not much to talk about when there’s not any top-flight football going on. Even a whisper from a not-quite-credible source can gain plenty of traction when there’s little else to focus on.

  1. dfstell - Nov 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I’m not sure why there’s this fixation with left back for United. Evra has been really solid for the last year. I guess Baines is a few years younger…..and I’m sure Evra will tail off at some point.

    I guess it would be nice to let Baines take those free kicks that RVP usually takes because it would RVP be a target sometimes.

    Still…..seems like a lot of money for an area where the club doesn’t really need to improve right now when they have more glaring problems in midfield.

  2. jonesin4two - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I’ve watched United a fair amount this year. Tactically is seems that the LW has been tucking inside frequently (especially Kagawa), leaving the LB to overlap and provide the majority of service and deep runs on that side. Baines would be upgrade that position/role from good to great. Evra just seems a step off, his crossing has been spotty.

    Midfield needs a little something else too.

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