Manchester United's Baines pursuit takes shock twist with left back to shun interest

Everton's Leighton Baines is set to spring a surprise by signing a new contract extension at Goodison Park- shunning interest from Manchester United.

The 29 -year-old left back has been a star for the Toffees since his £6m move from Wigan Athletic in 2007, and was an integral part of David Moyes' teams on Merseyside.

However, when Moyes defected to Manchester United, rumours were persistent that Baines would be the replacement for Patrice Evra at Old Trafford, with the Frenchman set to turn 33 in May.

In fact, Everton even turned down a £15m bid for their England international, insisting that he wouldn't be leaving the club unless they received a bid worth £25m – a staggering amount of money for a 29 year old left back, though he is arguably the best in the country at his position.

And whilst it seemed that Baines would finally be making a move to Old Trafford either this month or in the summer, new reports emanating from Goodison Park suggest that the left back is set to put pen to paper on a new long term contract worth in the region of £75,000 a week.

Having witnessed Everton enjoy success under Roberto Martinez so far this season – coupled with United's struggles under Moyes – Baines has made the decision to commit his future to the Toffees. Martinez's side sit four points above United after an outstanding first half of the season, which included a famous 1-0 win at Old Trafford over ex-boss Moyes.

With Patrice Evra's contract at Manchester United set to expire in the summer, United need to look into bringing a long-term replacement to the club. Luke Shaw and Alex Sandro have been linked with moves to the North West, but it seems their primary target is Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao, who could be allowed to leave the Spanish giants on loan until the summer.

The Portuguese international almost joined United on deadline day in September but the deal fell through, and there are already concerns over the transfer now, as Moyes has reportedly baulked at Real's £20m price tag for the former Benfica star. Coentrao is four years younger than Baines and would cost £5m less, which makes it incredibly strange that the Red Devils are stalling on the deal, as it certainly seems that any deal for Baines can be long forgotten.

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