Recently the name of Leighton Baines has been a regular in the column inches of Manchester United related transfer gossip. Patrice Evra has still not signed a new deal at the club and David Moyes made two unsuccessful bids for his former left-back at Everton in the summer.
In October it was reported that Evra would not sign a new deal because of ‘personal reasons’ - but he went on to deny that stating:
"I haven't seen what people are saying but the thing is if someone wants to talk about my contract, which is ending after this year, they have to talk to Manchester United and with my agent. Me? I love this club so much."
And the club loves him - with his recent form earning rave reviews from the gaffer and the fans.
But while his contract situation remains up in the air the fact remains that speculation will continue.
With Alex Buttner seemingly not up to task, a new left-back does seem to be a priority - and one name bandied around is Faouzi Ghoulam.
The Algerian international was first linked with United on Halloween - so you’d be excused for thinking it was a funny prank considering his ‘ghoulish’ surname.
However that does not seem to be the case, as his performances for Saint-Etienne this season have left him in the viewfinder of AS Roma, Sevilla and of course United.
He is the perfect Baines alternative and with any transfer likely to be on the cost efficient side, he might be worth a punt.
Today he has been speaking to his club’s official website about the prospect of a move. So did he say he demanded a move, does he dream of United … no not really…
"I feel very good to me Saint-Étienne, the sporting project is interesting. We have a very good team, a great staff and wonderful fans. Really, I'm very happy here. Last year I played less, today I play a little more.”
Simple words and a simple solution - United should tie Evra down to a new one-year deal as soon as possible.
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