United up bid for Baines
Leighton Baines, Everton
United could move within the week or once chief executive David Gill returns from holiday in America.
Everton value Baines at more than £15 million, but according to The Times, United are unlikely to be willing to do business at that price.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson is confident of securing a deal for the 27-year-old, who has three years still to run on his contract at Goodison Park.
Patrice Evra’s form dipped last season and Fabio Da Silva joining Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan deal and Ezekiel Fryers is expected to sign for Tottenham Hotspur, Ferguson requires cover at left back.
Baines’s arrival would represent a shift in transfer policy for Ferguson. Dimitar Berbatov, the striker, is the only player aged over 26 that Ferguson has signed for a fee in the past 15 years.