Thursday afternoon was livened up with the suggestion (originally in The Times behind their dastardly paywall) that Manchester United had bid 12 million pounds for Everton left back Leighton Baines.
It comes as no surprise that new Manchester United boss David Moyes has returned to his former club to poach their best players.
After all, these are players Moyes knows intimately.
How far off can a Manchester United move for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini be?
Baines was constantly linked with United during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final years at Old Trafford and with Patrice Evra 32 years of age and Fabio struggling to live up to the form of his twin brother Rafael, it would be no surprise if Moyes was to strengthen the left side of his defence.
As it stands, Everton have rejected the initial offer for Baines and considering the England defender was the Toffees player of the year and cost 6 million pounds from Wigan, he is probably worth closer to the 16 million pound mark.
We suspect this isn’t the last we hear of Manchester United’s move for Leighton Baines. The best Twitter reaction is below.
Baines would be terrific signing for MUFC. Fantastic player, great with dead ball, brilliant attitude, improving all time. V much MU type
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) June 27, 2013
Everton stance is Baines is not for sale – how would David Moyes have reacted had Man Utd offered him £12m while he was Everton manager?
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) June 27, 2013
Leighton Baines: The Everton left-back created the most clear cut chances (22) in the Premier League last season.
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 27, 2013
Reported – Man Utd have made a bid for Leighton Baines – Everton have said Baines is not for sale – I'd suggest every player has a price
— Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) June 27, 2013
Of course Leighton Baines is an excellent player. But best left-back in Europe? Better than Jordi Alba & Philipp Lahm? Yeah, right.
— Philip Gatt (@philgatt) June 27, 2013
Baines for £10m: good value, even with him being 28 Baines for £20m: nah, not for me
— Eugene Wong (@EWHK70) June 27, 2013
Lots of differing opinions on Baines which reiterates my point that he's not a "must have". However, there are differing views on Evra too.
— Busby MUFC (@BusbyMUFC) June 27, 2013
United aren't really trying to sign Leighton Baines – they're just trying to impress Thiago.
— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) June 27, 2013
Don't see the point in spunking 15m on baines, won't improve us as much as two midfielders will #mufc
— MK (@kirkybollocks) June 27, 2013
100% – Of people to take 10 or more Premier League penalties, Leighton Baines is the only player to score with each one. Perfect.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2013
Leighton Baines was the best English player in the Premiership last season and Moyes offers £12mil? Is he having a laugh?
— Cuddles Pineasfield (@Shiiuga) June 27, 2013
Just hearing David Moyes has put a official bid in for Leighton Baines and Roberto Martinez has officially told him to back off ginger balls
— Michael Laudrup (@TheDenmarkDevil) June 27, 2013
Any deal for Baines won't be straightforward. The NME and Q Magazine also own a share of player's registration.
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 27, 2013
An added layer of complexity to United's move for Baines stems from the fact that David Moyes is still, technically, Everton's manager.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) June 27, 2013