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Manchester United issued another hands off warning

Leighton Baines

The Football Transfer Tavern has been incredibly busy today following the return of another weekend of Premier League action.

Paul Joyce from The Express arrives in the bar with the latest news about a possible Manchester United target that has set the tavern into a flutter.

He reports that Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told his predecessor David Moyes that Leighton Baines will not be sold during the January transfer window.

The speculation has left United supporters feeling slightly downcast but our landlord is on hand to remind them that the Toffees were also determined to keep hold of Marouane Fellaini during the summer before he eventually signed for the Red Devils.

Baines, 28, is set to miss the rest of the year for the Goodison Park club after fracturing his toe during last weekend’s Merseyside derby and his return looks to coincide with the opening of the transfer window.

He only has 18 months left on his deal at Everton, but Martinez is confident that he will remain at the club when the window closes at the end of January.

When asked if the England international had kicked his final ball for Everton, Martinez said: “I don’t see it that way at all, especially given where we are. Not at all.

“If I assess the season so far we have got fewer points than our performances deserved, so we are very close to getting a bigger average of points between now and the end of the season.

“If we do that then we have a great opportunity to achieve our aims, and so in that situation you can imagine we would never try to sell players in this January window.”

Do you think that the Red Devils will finally land Baines during the upcoming transfer window or will his injury mean they look at other targets? Let us know your thoughts below.

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