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Everton must seek to replace ageing Baines with ambitious move for £27m-rated ace

Everton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week following their side’s narrow 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday night, thus giving them confidence ahead of their team’s trip to Huddersfield Town this weekend.

Sam Allardyce’s men returned to winning ways in the Premier League earlier this week thanks to Theo Walcott’s strike six minutes into the second half, which in turn secured a tenth home league victory of the season, and indeed moved them above Leicester City into eighth place in the table. And the Toffees will seek to back up Monday’s success with another at relegation-threatened Huddersfield on Saturday, who are in need of the points to put further distance between themselves and the bottom three.

As such, there are many optimistic Evertonians in the Tavern at present, several of whom are hoping their side can indeed finish the campaign strongly in a bid to build much-needed momentum ahead of the 2018/19 season.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Danny Rose, as well as three other Tottenham stars, could be sold by the North London outfit this summer.

And Everton should seek to take advantage by making an ambitious move for the £27 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), as they seek a long-term replacement for the ageing Leighton Baines.

Ultimately, the 33-year-old has been an outstanding servant to Everton ever since his move from Wigan Athletic back in 2007, with the Englishman making 400 appearances for the Toffees during his stint in the North West.

However, at the age of 33, it’s clear that Baines is entering the twilight of his career, and following his injury in the first half of the campaign, the Toffees saw a glimpse of life after the 30-cap England international, and it’s fair to say that a replacement is needed.

And Rose could be that man.

The 27-year-old plunged his Spurs future into doubt over the summer in an interview with The Sun, in which he questioned and indeed criticised the club’s transfer policy, and he has since been repeatedly linked with a move away from North London.

Significantly though, he has failed to work his way back into Mauricio Pochettino’s first team following injury, with just 14 senior appearances to show for his endeavours this term, only seven of which coming in the Premier League.

However, regardless of his difficulties, there is little doubting that the England international is one of the best left backs in the division, with his ability to get up and down the flanks, alongside improved defensive discipline, propelling him to the top of the England pecking order in recent years.

Yes, injuries have seen him fall down that pecking order in recent times, but it would be somewhat of a surprise were Rose, even after the season he has had, not to be included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, further underlining the impressive efforts and impact he has made in the last few years.

As such, he’d be ideal for Everton. Be it as a more conventional left back or indeed as a wing back, Rose has proven his credentials in both roles in the last few years, and may need a fresh start somewhere this summer in a bid to return to his best form.

And with Baines’ Toffees career in its latter stages, they could do a lot worse than make an ambitious move to lure the 27-year-old to Goodison Park this summer.

Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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