Everton to open contract talks with Baines
Everton will start negotiations with Leighton Baines over a new contract to ward off interest in the player from Manchester United.
Bill Kenwright quipped that there is nothing stopping David Moyes from coming in with a bid for the 28 year-old left back apart from the relationship the pair forged over the Scot's 11 years at Goodison Park.
"There has been no back-and-forward dialogue with Leighton Baines about a new contract but that will start," the Chairman is quoted as saying. "
He knows we want him to stay. Marouane Fellaini has given every indication that he does not want to go."
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I look forward to a photo of a smiling Baines dining on for another five years with us.
Oops predictive text !! Signing on not dining :-0
Money talks. If Moyes comes in with a bid @ £15M, Baines will be wearing the Red of Man U.
He's 29 but he's a dedicated, skilful, professional, fit, thoughtful, humble footballer who didn't have an easy transition from potentially a good player to arguably the best left back in the world. This guy will go down as one of our best ever players and judging by the precedent set by Stuart Pearce it's possible that Leighton could play at the top level for another 6/7/8 years. I don't want him to go as he typifies what Everton is for me and a £15m valuation is woefully short of his true worth.
Fellaini will go, Baines will stay... Selling Fellaini would be good business for the club and would give Martinez substantial funds to get in some decent players and build a team that could improve us.
Despertately would rather have Baines than Fellaini. 25-30m from selling Fellaini will go a long way to strengthening the squad.
Baines is 28 mate, will be 29 in December. I too would really like him to stay, because I don't think there's any chance of us being able to replace him with anyone near his ability, one of the worlds best LBs in my opinion and I would go as far to say we have the best full back combination in the PL with Baines and Coleman i
Baines is going nowhere. United use specialist wingers, we don't. He wouldn't suit them.
Apparently Juventus are now interested in Fellaini ,which if he's to go can only be good news as the fee will shoot up. Then we'll see if Bill Kenwright was up to his usual tricks about giving the manager 100% of the money.
By the way we are supposedly back in for both Leroy Fer and Negrado who are allegedly available for €6 and €10 respectively . Sorry guys no good with the currency conversions I think it's £4.8 and £9.2 million. Meant millions on the euros too!
I don't think Baines is going anywhere I think he loves this club and is actually quite pleased with Martinez being the new manager. He is one of those players that just gets Everton, he wouldn't feel right anywhere else and knows that where he is right now is down to this club. He will sign a new contract.
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