Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Moyes understands Baines interest

Leighton Baines

Everton boss David Moyes is not surprised clubs of Bayern Munich's ilk might be interested in in-form left-back Leighton Baines.

Baines has rubbished suggestions he might leave Goodison Park following fresh speculation linking him with the German giants. The former Wigan defender has been one of Everton's few standout players during a difficult first half of the campaign and he is tipped for an England recall.

"As far as I can see it can only be speculation. There has been no contact but it seems to have got quite a lot of headlines," said Moyes.

"He is in good form, undoubtedly. He is rightly getting admiration from big clubs but I can guarantee, to my office, there has been no contact. We don't let our top players go, we keep them."

Baines signed a five-year contract last summer and intends to honour that despite reports Bayern are preparing to table a £9million bid next month.

"I tied myself to the club in the summer and I have no intentions at the moment of leaving the club," said Baines, who scored in a memorable 2-1 defeat of Manchester City on Monday.

"I am not looking elsewhere and I am completely focused on what I am doing here."

Moyes, however, could certainly use the money as he has admitted he will have to concentrate on loans to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window. Because of that he says rumours suggesting he is set to move for Middlesbrough's highly-rated David Wheater are untrue.

"I have said many times I don't talk about players at other clubs," said Moyes.

"But I don't know what people think I have said before. We won't be spending in the January window and I expect that player to cost money. So, for us, that wouldn't be a goer."

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