Manchester United Transfer News: United Lining Up £10m Bid for Leighton Baines

Simon Edmonds@@Eddie_EdmondsCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2012

OSLO, NORWAY - MAY 26:  Leighton Baines of England looks on during the International Friendly match between Norway and England at Ullevaal Stadion on May 26, 2012 in Oslo, Norway.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The Daily Mail is reporting that Manchester United will be making a bid of roughly £10 million for Everton left-back, Leighton Baines, at some point this week.

With chief executive David Gill currently taking a hard-earned break on the sunny shores of America, United have had to wait for his return to really kick-start their advances for the England defender. However, with Gill's return now imminent, it looks like a bid will be coming from the United camp sooner rather than later.

But will the proposed valuation from United be enough to sway Everton into letting one of their hottest prospects go? If I'm honest, it's doubtful.

Baines has been a fantastic servant for the Toffees since joining from Wigan Athletic back in 2007, and they will fight tooth and nail to ensure they get every penny they possibly can from United for one of their star players.

It would be a great surprise if Everton were to let Baines go for anything less than £15 million at the very least. Perhaps the Merseyside Blues aren't quite in the same calibre when it comes to pedigree in the transfer market as Sir Alex's side, but they are no fools. David Moyes and co. will not let one of the "bigger boys" bully them into selling below a price that everyone at the club is satisfied with.

It seems, however, somewhat inevitable that Baines will eventually join up with the Red Devils before the start of the 2012-13 season. United are in desperate need of a new left-back.

Sure, Patrice Evra is still a world-class player who can outplay any other left-back in the world on his day. But the problem is, "his day" seems to be happening less and less with every passing season. Evra is slowly starting to lose the magic that once made him one of the greatest defenders in the history of the Premier League.

This, along with the added departures of Fabio Da Silva (on loan to QPR) and Ezekiel Fryers (who will be joining up with Tottenham Hotspurs), means that Fergie will do everything he can to bring the man from Merseyside to the club.

I don't need to go into detail about what Baines will bring to the club—that's already been covered enough by some fantastic articles on B/R—but what I will say is, if Baines does eventually come to United, then this could be one of the most engaging United sides to watch in many a year.