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Manchester United target offered massive pay rise

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Everton are planning to keep Leighton Baines motivated after missing out on a move to Manchester United by offering the full-back a 50% pay rise in a bumper new contract.

United manager David Moyes made more than one attempt to be reunited with Baines at Old Trafford this summer, but had to settle with just one capture from Goodison Park on deadline-day in Marouane Fellaini.

Baines refused to follow Fellaini in asking for a transfer request before the window slammed shut and remains committed to life under Robert Martinez on Merseyside, in the short-term at least.

Martinez now wants to reward Baines for that stance by handing the England international a 50% pay rise which will increase his wages to at least £75,000-a-week.

The 28-year-old's current Everton contract runs out in 2015, but Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright wants to add another year to those terms in order to warn off a January offer from United.

The Spaniard believes that with the window shut he can now focus on securing the players key to his plans on long-term contracts. He told The Mirror: "Now the window is closed, we are going to look into all of the players in the squad and see where their contracts are up to.

"Then, individually, we will look to address that. It would just have created more instability if we had done that while the window was open."

Baines has become a key feature for club and country since leaving Wigan Athletic for Everton in 2007, with the full-back in line for his 250th Everton appearance next weekend when Chelsea visit Goodison Park.

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