Well this one was always pretty unlikely, and it seems to have been proved so. Any player moving across a football divided City is brave, and if you are prepared to cross the Merseyside divide you are probably a bit of a nutter.
It now appears that Leighton Baines has not taken leave of his sanity, and it looks as if he won’t be pulling on the red of Liverpool next season, well that is if David Moyes gets his way.
The Sun are today bringing us some quotes from fiery Scot where he has discussed the future of his top quality left back, rumours have been rife for a while that Everton will face offers for the player this Summer and it has been suggested that the Anfield side fancied him to cure their current left back woes.
Moyes has now set us all straight though, stating:
“I can’t see it. It’s not for me that one and I think Liverpool know that as well….Nobody will leave the club unless I give it the go-ahead and that won’t change….We have signed Leighton on a five-year deal. I don’t want to sell him and Everton don’t sell cheap….The chairman looks after the players and gives them what he can. So Leighton’s not for sale – and they know that as well.”.
A very direct answer really from the Everton manager, and something that we would all expect. Sadly for Moyes and the Toffee’s though, you do feel that everyone at Goodison Park has a price, they don’t have the sort of money to stay afloat without selling some of their best players every few years, and that must be incredibly frustrating for the manager. Generally however, they know how to negotiate and they are very adept at getting a good price for any player they sell, Joleon Lescott being a prime example of that.
Baines seems happy at Everton, and I doubt the player would fancy the move, I do still believe however that the clubs resolve could be tested this Summer. It is a genuine problem for the club and something that I really feel for their fans over, without proper investment I don’t really see how the club can ever push on to a higher level, mostly because every time they unearth a quality player they have to move them on after a few years.
You can imagine that if Moyes has to continue to sell his best places he could easily grow frustrated, and i’m not sure that you could blame him for that really. I doubt Baines will move this Summer, and if he does, it almost certainly won’t be to Liverpool, but next summer, who knows? It’s a real possibility if some of that much needed investment isn’t found over the next couple of years.
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