After Marouane Fellaini arrived at Old Trafford during the summer, Manchester United supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern hope to land his former team-mate Leighton Baines in the near future.
Red Devils boss David Moyes is seeking a top-quality replacement for current left back Patrice Evra.
Now David Anderson from Mirror Football suggests that Everton manager Roberto Martinez has now claimed that a new deal for Baines at Goodison Park has been ‘put aside’ after the club managed to keep Moyes away from the talented England international.
Everton had planned to offer the 28-year-old a 50 per cent pay rise to a figure of £75,000-a-week but those plans have been put on hold as his future remains uncertain.
“At the moment, all it is is the games and any individual contracts or situations are put aside,” said the new Everton manager.
“The only thing that concerns me is just to make sure he’s as fit as he can be and gets in a stronger position and balances the demands of England and club level.
“That’s what I’m focused on, that his day to day is perfect.
“Everything else, behind the scenes we’re happy with the situation and we’re making sure he’s happy as well.”
Baines was in exceptional form for the Toffees against West Ham United on Saturday, scoring two brilliant free-kicks to secure a 3-2 win at Upton Park and Martinez claims his focus remains on his current club.
“In the last two games, once the window was closed, he could concentrate on his football,” said the Spaniard.
“I could be biased and see it from my own eyes, but when we played against Chelsea, it was the best two full-backs in England playing against each other, and then he came up with that sensational role on Saturday.
“He’s in a great moment of his career. In the last two games, Leighton has been sensational, probably because he’s been able to relax and enjoy his football.
After failing to sign Baines in January, United attempted to bring Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao on loan on deadline day and has also reportedly switched his attention to Southampton starlet Luke Shaw. However these reports may offer renewed confidence that Baines could join up with Moyes at Old Trafford.
Can United now land Baines or is Roberto Martinez simply concentrating on games for now? Let us know your thoughts below.
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