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09/07/2013 08:45

Papers: Fresh Baines bid?

The Daily Telegraph's Chris Bascombe writes...

United to make new bid for Baines
A £10million bid from Manchester United for the England left‑back has been rejected, and their next attempt is still expected to be some way short of the Merseyside club’s valuation. David Moyes, the new United manager, is eager to make his former defender his first major signing since he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as manager at Old Trafford. Everton have stood firm demanding for £20m for their defender and the Merseyside club are unlikely to budge if United offer only a slight improvement to their opening offer. Baines returned to Everton training on Monday. Fully aware of United’s interest, he may feel torn as to how to respond given his loyalty to Everton but ambition to compete for the title and play in the Champions League. Baines may also see a move to Old Trafford as assisting his England challenge to Ashley Cole in World Cup year, but it seems highly unlikely that he will request a move unless United's bid gets closer to a figure with which Everton are happy.

The Times, meanwhile, say that United are set to make an improved offer for Baines that is more in the region of £15m.

Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand certainly approves of Ryan Giggs' appointment to David Moyes' new backroom set-up at the Aon Training Complex. "This is the perfect situation," Rio tells The Sun after Giggs was recently named player-coach. "It's a masterstroke to put Giggsy on the coaching staff because he's got the experience, he is an icon at the club, he's got the respect of the players and can be a great sounding board for the manager."

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