• Premier League

United close in on £16m Baines capture

ESPN staff
November 16, 2013
Manchester United have long targeted the services of Leighton Baines © PA Photos

Manchester United are poised to sign Everton left-back Leighton Baines for £16 million when the transfer window reopens in January, according to reports in the Mirror.

Baines has been a long-term target for United, with both previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson and predecessor David Moyes keen to secure the services of the 29-year-old.

Moyes worked extensively with Baines during his tenure at Everton, but only secured Marouane Fellaini's signature when he attempted a swoop for both players during the summer.

However, United look set to sign the defender in January and see him as a long-term successor to Patrice Evra, who is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

It is a position that Moyes is adamant needs strengthening; the club were denied a loan move for Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao on transfer deadline day.

Download ESPN's new UK sport app, a fresh and powerful new way to follow your favourite UK sports news, scores and video.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
ESPN staff Close