Baines coy on United rumours

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Everton left-back Leighton Baines has revealed he's aware of interest from Manchester United.

The 27-year-old defender was part of Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad and deputised behind Ashley Cole during the tournament, but Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to have made the former-Wigan defender one of his summer transfer priorities.

Patrice Evra is Ferguson's current first-choice left-back but the 31-year-old lacks competition for a starting spot. And Baines admits he's flattered by the link, but refused to be drawn on the rumours.

The Everton left-back was quoted on saying, "I've been aware of what's been said in the press but I don't know much beyond that. It doesn't do any harm but it doesn't do any good either."

United's other full-back target, Valencia's Jordi Alba, is on the verge of completing a £10million move to Barcelona. The Spain left-back was in impressive form for the Euro 2012 winners, and scored an excellent goal in the final against Italy.

But Baines has emerged as the number-one target, and the Everton defender could be the latest big-name Toffee to quit Goodison Park. In recent years Mikel Arteta, Wayne Rooney, and Joleon Lescott have all left Everton for more than they were signed for, and Toffees boss David Moyes has proven a shrewd operator in the transfer market.

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