Manchester Unites official bid for Everton’s England international left-back Leighton Baines has been turned down according to sources at Sky Sports.
Baines had been mentioned for some time as a possible United target, and it was assumed that once Everton’s former manager David Moyes took the helm at Old Trafford from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson that the first place he would look for new signings would be his former club.
Everton’s new manager the former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is keen to hang on to Baines as he builds the squad for next season, and hinted that he intends to offer one of his most sought after player a new contract in order to keep him at the Toffee’s, with Baines himself saying that he is looking forward to playing under the Spaniard Martinez.
“He was one of the first names linked with the job and the feeling straight away was he would be a great appointment,” said the 28-year-old.
“He has a different style to what we have been used to but I think it is progressive and it will move us forward.
“It is also exciting for the players to be able to try that now.
“We have time to work on it, whether it is a different style of play or whether the formation changes.
“By the time we kick the first ball of the season we will be well-versed on what he wants to do.”
Baines added on Evertontv: “We’ve chatted on the phone. It was just about speaking about the start of the season and looking forward to working with each other.
“Anyone you speak to only says great things about him, as a manager and as a person.”
Baines is credited with producing last season 116 chances a figure that is higher than any other player in Europe’s top leagues, and was included in the Professional Footballers Association Premier League team for the second year in a row.
Baines has been Everton’s most consistent player, and while they might consider offers they will not let him leave on the cheap.
Martinez is currently in The U.S.A. working as a television pundit covering the Confederations Cup in Brazil and is expected to be at Everton next Wednesday.
United if they are serious in their attempt to sign Baines are sure to come back with another offer which might make it difficult for Everton to hold onto one of their best players.