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Everton prepare contract offer for Manchester United target

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Everton are set to offer Leighton Baines a new long-term contract in a bid to ward off interest from Manchester United, reports the Daily Star.

The 28-year-old has been the subject of interest transfer speculation all summer, with the reigning Premier League champions having three bids for the defender turned down.

David Moyes is keen to be reunited with Baines at Old Trafford, since leaving Goodison Park to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.

The Scot has also made offers for the England international's team-mate Marouane Fellaini, with the latest £36million combined bid being turned down by the Merseyside club on Thursday evening.

Everton have still drawn up plans if they lose either - or both - players before the close of the transfer window on Monday, but Roberto Martinez insists that neither Baines or Fellaini have requested to leave.

"Every time you have a good player, if you're going to expect to lose him, it is because they think that the grass is always greener elsewhere," explained the Spaniard.

"Of course players will always like that next challenge to go to play Champions League football and win trophies."

Martinez remains keen to open negotiations with left-back Baines, in the hope it will put an end to the ongoing transfer rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United once and for all.

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