It has been confirmed in the last few minutes that David Moyes has made a £12m bid for his former player, Leighton Baines, from Everton. Moyes has been on holiday but has now started to make his moves in the market. He has been partially prompted by interest in Patrice Evra from the two French clubs, PSG and Monaco, both of whom have rich owners. It is understood that Evra is open to a move back to his homeland, especially as his wife has recently aired her views on life in Manchester.
United’s offer will fall short of Everton’s £15m valuation and the Merseyside club will fight hard to keep Baines, who Moyes brought to Goodison from Wigan for £6m in 2007. This also comes only a few days after Baines stated that he was looking forward to working with the new Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, but the lure of working with his old boss at Champions, Manchester United, and playing in the Champions League has proven too much for the loyal Baines to turn down.
Whilst he will be sorely missed at Everton, it is not the end of the world and their new manager is busy looking for players to augment his new side and mould them into the way he sees things in the future. It is likely that he will receive the funds to buy players, and it is probable that he will in turn be paying a visit to his old club Wigan to raid them for players.