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Leighton Baines asks Everton for transfer to Manchester United

By Sam Wallace

The Everton defender Leighton Baines has asked his manager Roberto Martinez and the club's chairman Bill Kenwright to agree a deal to sell him to Manchester United.

The left-back has been the subject of three bids from United this summer, for £9m, £12m and as part of a joint bid worth up to £30m, including Marouane Fellaini, all of which have been rejected. It is anticipated that United will bid for a fourth time before the transfer window closes on Monday.

The Independent has reported that 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 was named as a substitute in Everton's Capital One Cup second-round tie against League One side Stevenage tonight.

Since that original meeting with Martinez, which followed United's first bid, Baines has reiterated his desire that Everton try to agree a deal. He 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' former manager David Moyes has prioritised the signing of the left-back since taking over at Old Trafford as Patrice Evra has only one year remaining on his contract. Baines has two years left on his existing deal.

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