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The Rumour Mill, Season 2011-12

Man United cool on Baines

16/06/2012 | Comments (9)
The supposed 'Insider' at the Daily Mail claims that, although Everton left-back Leighton Baines continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, Everton have not had an enquiry from United.

The dethroned champions need to recruit another midfielder and a striker and, while they have reservations about Patrice Evra, finding his replacement is not necessarily their top priority.

They have searched across Europe and have found flaws in most left-backs they have watched with Lyon's Aly Cissokho, Copenhagen's Bryan Oviedo, Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis and Valencia's Jordi Alba among them.

Baines will not push to go and could well be still at Goodison Park come September. Tim Cahill remains the most likely to depart with the Middle East beckoning.

Original Source: Daily Mail


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Gary Henderson
244   Posted 16/06/2012 at 07:43:06

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Alan Stubbs was telling everyone that would listen yesterday at Formby Golf Club that Baines is off to Utd after the Euros ? £16M.
Martin Berry
245   Posted 16/06/2012 at 08:26:53

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Yawn yawn yawn
Kieran Fitzgerald
250   Posted 16/06/2012 at 08:52:49

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Don't know how I feel about this. I agree with Martin that the speculation is getting boring at this stage but in other ways I had have expected a lot of truth in the rumours about Baines. At this stage I am seriously starting to doubt that Baines will go anywhere.

I would believe the speculation about Cahill as there would appear to be genuine interest. I would also believe the speculation about Fellaini, given his recent comments and his dad's previous comments.

Dan McKie
251   Posted 16/06/2012 at 09:04:02

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The fact is, is that United don't really need Baines. If they were to get rid of Evra then yeh, but it sounds like they have no intention to, so would have 2 left backs that would expect to play every game, on huge wages, on top of what Baines would cost to buy.
Thomas Windsor
292   Posted 16/06/2012 at 13:58:19

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I hope so. Keep Baines and let Fellaini go. Time for Rodwell to show what he can do and with the Fellaini money do a bit of wheeling and dealing, whether it be Moyes or a new manager, ie, Martinez or Holloway.
Mick Wrende
296   Posted 16/06/2012 at 14:38:32

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Well Rodwell has shown he can do fuck all and anyway he is always injured and Evra is not as good as Baines by a distance. I think United are just biding their time. As we have no money I would expect both Baines and Fellaini to go to keep the banks happy and we just have to hope we get a little bit back to spend.
Jem Traynor
507   Posted 17/06/2012 at 04:20:13

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No chance of Baines leaving us... No Chance!! He loves EFC and knows he is at his club. All we are waiting for is Pienaar and keep hold of Felli! Simple as EFC's start to the new season is going to be the one to watch, I can feel it in me bones!!!
Paul Rimmer
575   Posted 17/06/2012 at 12:20:59

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I have it on fairly good authority that Baines is leaving us after the Euros and that the Fellaini to Chelsea rumours could happen also. Let's hope we get some decent replacements in before the money is swallowed up by the banks.
Steve Barr
581   Posted 17/06/2012 at 13:22:59

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What's happened to the prospect of us signing Pienaar, a top priority, then keeping the good players we've got?

If we let go of Fellaini and/or Baines I expect that the likes of Jelovic will see the club for what it is and want out also. No chance then of picking up good players with ambition, regardless of how much of the selling fees Moyes gets!

Everton has to find a way sign Pienaar, keep Fellaini and Baine, and pick up a couple more players to get us to the next level.

I hope I'm not dreaming!

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