Manchester United Transfer News: Leighton Baines Reportedly Wants United Deal

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Leighton Baines of Everton watches on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on August 24, 2013 in Liverpool, England (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Leighton Baines has reportedly asked Everton to agree to a deal that would send the left-back to Manchester United.

According to The Independent's Sam Wallace, Baines has spoken with both Bill Kenwright and Roberto Martinez about the matter:

Baines met with Martinez on the first day of pre-season to tell the new Everton manager that he wanted the club to negotiate a deal with United.

Since then Baines, 28, has not missed a training session when fit and has played in both Premier League games so far this season. He is in the squad for tonight's Capital One Cup second round tie against League One side Stevenage. Since that original meeting with Martinez, which followed United's first bid for the player, Baines has reiterated his desire that Everton try to agree a deal.

The England international has met with Martinez, on a number of occasions, and Kenwright. His position has not changed: he would like the opportunity to play for United, not least to play in the Champions League.

Baines has been at Everton since 2007. He's become one of the club's best players and emerged as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League over the past couple of seasons. The 28-year-old has been named in the PFA Team of the Year in each of the last two campaigns.   

Manchester United made a joint £28 million bid for Baines and Marouane Fellaini that Everton's director of communications, Alan Myers, called "derisory and insulting," per BBC's Phil McNulty.

David Moyes then argued that Martinez should let Baines and Fellaini go, as it would be in the best interest of the players, per The Guardian's Jamie Jackson.

Having Baines try to push the move through would be a new development, but not one that is all that surprising. At his age, he knows this could be one of the last opportunities he has to be a first-team player on a Champions League club, and as John Brewin of ESPN points out, Baines might not want to end his career without that chance.

United have been interested in the left-back for a while now. Last summer, the club made an attempt to sign him, only to have the player stay at Everton. With the Red Devils making another push, it's been that much harder for the Toffees to hold onto him, especially with Moyes now at United.

Manchester United have three first-team left-backs at the moment: Patrice Evra, Fabio and Alexander Buttner. Baines would add valuable depth and provide a quality alternative to Evra.

Should the Everton star move to Old Trafford, it would be United's second signing, after Guillermo Varela arrived earlier in the summer.