England international Leighton Baines, who currently plays for Everton, wants to join Manchester United - and he has reportedly let his wishes known to the Toffees board.

The left-back has already seen his present club reject three bids for his services by last season's Premier League champions, but is hoping he will be allowed to join the Red Devils after speaking to the club.

According to the Independent, the 28-year-old defender has spoken to his manager Roberto Martinez and club chairman Bill Kenwright to convey his feelings, but has stopped short of demanding a transfer from the club.

The Englishman is valued by Everton at about £18 million, but United are unwilling to fork out that amount due to his age and have offered £12 million for the defender's services.

Baines met Martinez on the first day of pre-season to reveal his desire and has subsequently reiterated his wishes several times to the manager on various occasions, but has maintained his professionalism as he has attended every training - and has also featured in Everton's two Premier League matches so far.

United are expected to return with a fourth bid before the end of the transfer window and David Moyes believes Everton should let go of the defender so Baines can further his career.

"I know that if I was the Everton manager and Sir Alex had come asking for Baines and Fellaini, I would have found it very difficult to keep them," said Moyes in an interview with the Daily Mail.

"I always felt the right thing to do was what was right for the players.

"All we can do is our job here. Roberto is in a new job and I am sure he will get to understand how Everton work. I know exactly how Everton work. I signed every player at Everton.

"I respect Everton greatly and I don’t want to do anything that would in turn affect them.

"Of course, taking their players would affect them but I am certainly only doing what I have to do in my job."

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