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Everton tell Moyes: Pay £16m for Baines
David Moyes will need to stump up £16million to land Leighton Baines from Everton. The new Manchester United boss failed with a £12m bid for his former left-back yesterday. But Moyes clearly knows what it will take to lure the 28-year-old away from Goodison. And it is understood Everton will be tempted to do business if United up their offer by another £4m. The move also casts doubt over Patrice Evra’s future after 7½ years at Old Trafford. Evra, 32, has been linked with moves back to his native France with moneybags Monaco or Paris Saint-Germain. Baines, who joined Everton from Wigan in 2007, this week said he was looking forward to working with Moyes’ Goodison successor Roberto Martinez. But with the World Cup finals just 12 months away, the left-back may feel his best chance of edging out Ashley Cole for a starting place in Roy Hodgson’s team will be as a United player. Baines was a target for United last summer but they were put off by an £18m asking price. Now, however, Baines has just two years left on his Goodison deal and Everton may take £16m to allow Martinez to strengthen his squad.
In more transfer speculation, the Daily Star says United will attempt to sign Tottenham’s Gareth Bale if a bid to capture Cristiano Ronaldo fails. The same paper also claims Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has urged Thiago Alcantara to quit Barcelona and make an £18m move to Old Trafford.
Elsewhere, in The Mirror, Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard says he hopes the champions have a “wobble” without Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, but the England captain doesn’t think it will happen: “They have replaced a world-class manager with another, who has done a fantastic job at Everton. So I think David will continue to do a good job there. It's new for Manchester United. From a biased point of view, let's hope they have a wobble.”