Fergie lines up Evra and Giggs replacements

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Manchester United will fight Bayern Munich for Everton left-back Leighton Baines as fears Patrice Evra will quit the club at the end of the season grow, according to the Metro.

As well as Baines, Gareth Bale is being lined up by United’s hierarchy, although he would be more of a replacement for Ryan Giggs when he retires.

France international Evra’s contract is due to expire in the summer and there are rumours he will leave Old Trafford when that happens.

Although Sir Alex Ferguson will not give him up without a fight, he is aware of the need to look elsewhere in case Evra does leave the club.

Baines has been in sensational form this season for Everton playing alongside Arsenal target Phil Jagielka at the heart of the Toffees defence.

David Moyes has already rejected a £15 million big from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for Jagielka and is likely to do the same for his Goodison Park team mate.

Manchester United are also still in the hunt for Bale despite being told they will not get there man on numerous occasions by Tottenham.

Fergie was interested in signing Bale when he was a youngster at Southampton but Spurs were the only team that made a concrete bid.

The Red Devils manager has kept an eye on his progress since and decided to step his interest back up after two stand out performances against European champions Inter Milan.

And sources close to the player have indicated he still hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Wales international team mate Ryan Giggs by having a big impact at Old Trafford.

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