Napoli enter race to sign Leighton Baines

Everton manager David Moyes faces a battle to keep talented left-back Leighton Baines after reports in The Daily Mail claim Italian side Napoli are now interested.

The 27-year-old has again been linked with a summer move away from Goodison Park but the Everton officials value the England international at around £20million, a fee that Napoli may be unwilling to pay.

In recent days, there has been renewed interest from Manchester United who were reportedly preparing a bid for Baines this summer, though chief executive David Gill insists that no approach has been made.

Baines was subject to a £12million bid from German side Bayern Munich last year though Everton managed to keep hold of him.

 

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Pienaar could lose transfer back to Everton

Steven Pienaar is pleading with his current club, Tottenham Hotspur, to lower their asking price, so that he can complete a switch back to the blue half of Merseyside. The Sun are today reporting that the North London club have set an asking price of £6 million just 18  months after paying Everton £3 million pounds for the South African.

After an injury plagued start to his time at Spurs, the 30-year-old was sent on loan back to Everton this season, where he flourished. He found the net 4 times in 14 games adding to the 9 goals and 104 appearances he had previously made for the club. But this time the Toffees’ well documented money troubles means that Pienaar could lose out of a return to Goodison.

 

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Fergie's fury at £72 million trio

According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted the prices he has been quoted for three of the players on his transfer list. The Mail claim that a total of £72 million for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote (£20 million), Everton’s Leighton Baines (£20 million) and Tottenham’s Luka Modric (£32 million) has left Fergie fuming.

Given that this Premier League trio are all regular first team starters for their respective clubs it is hardly surprising that their price tags are so high, but the Manchester United boss feels that they are extortionate and refuses to overpay. Sir Alex is no stranger to setting a high price himself, charging Real Madrid £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and £25 million for David Beckham in 2003.

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Manchester United contact Everton over Leighton Baines deal

According to the Mirror, Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has approached Everton intent on brokering a deal for England left-back Leighton Baines.

The 27-year-old will shortly travel to Euro 2012 has emerged as one of David Moyes’ most influential signings and it is common knowledge that he has attracted interest from Manchester United in recent times though it remains to be seen if this move will have an impact on current United left-back Patrice Evra’s position within the squad.

The Mirror report that the deal is in the region of £12million and its thought that Bill Kenwright may be willing to sell in order to give David Moyes money to strengthen the Everton squad.

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