Manchester United may not have finished their summer spending, as the club contemplate another bid for Everton left back Leighton Baines before the window slams shut.
Despite this week’s lavish signing of Robin Van Persie from Arsenal, United find themselves short on numbers at left back, with Patrice Evra the club’s only established player in that position, following Fabio da Silva’s loan move to Queens Park Rangers.
ESPN report that the Red Devils have recommenced their interest in 27-year-old Baines, after failing to agree on a fee with Everton for the player earlier in the summer. But now that Ferguson and the Manchester United hierarchy have concluded the drawn out business of bringing Dutch forward Van Persie to Old Trafford, they can now possibly dedicate the remaining two weeks of the transfer window to bringing the former Wigan defender to the club.
The Premier League runners up may be faced with an even greater challenge to prise Baines away from Goodison Park than they did earlier in the summer, however. Following the £15 million sale of Jack Rodwell to Manchester City last week, David Moyes now finds himself in the unusual position of not having to sell before he can buy, which may put Everton in a stronger position should it come to negotiations over their prized left back.
Sir Alex Ferguson earlier in the summer identified 20-year-old winger Robbie Brady as an option at left back. The Irishman, who enjoyed a successful spell out on loan at Hull City last season recently revealed his hopes of establishing himself as Patrice Evra’s deputy at the left back spot.