Manchester United and David Moyes tried hard to complete the deals of Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines in the summer.
However, as the transfer window passed by, the Red Devils only purchased Belgian ace Fellaini. With the Merseyside outfit sticking to their guns and winning the battle to keep their most prized asset, Moyes missed the chance to bring in a world-class left-back to Old Trafford.
Although, many would argue that United already have an extremely talented left-back of their own. Frenchman Patrice Evra has made the position his own over a number of years at the Theatre of Dreams, however at 32 is now starting to reach his twilight years.
So Moyes still needs to target a long-term replacement.
And, who better than the man he trusts most, Baines. Under Moyes, the England international played a starring role at Goodison Park and in the future he could at Old Trafford.
The only problem with targeting Baines is that he is 28 and no youngster himself. But, at this stage of Moyes' reign, he doesn't need a squad of youngsters. He needs a player at his peak.
In Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, United have three defenders who are only going to decline. And, in Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Rafael and even Jonny Evans at 25, United have four defenders who are yet to reach their best. That's why Moyes needs to target a player at the top of his powers.
A name that has been mentioned is Southampton's Luke Shaw, and whilst there is a strong possibility the full-back will turn into one of England's finest, Moyes needs a couple of players now and not just for the future.
If United can finally complete the deal for Baines in January, then they will have a player at his absolute best, high on confidence and hungry for success at the very top level of English football.
United fans shouldn't look at a move for Baines as another average Everton player, but instead realise the fine player they would be getting.
Defensively, Baines has improved a great deal over the past couple of years and can be relied upon and everyone knows the talent he has going forward.
A fine crosser of the ball, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney would have a field day when in the box. From set pieces, United would be given an extra edge. As well as crossing them, Baines can certainly hit them.
With Van Persie, Rooney and Baines standing over a free-kick, goalkeepers around England will certainly be worried.
If Moyes can bring him to Old Trafford then he will also be handed a boost in the knockout stages of the Champions League. The Everton left-back won't be cup tied, so would be able to play a role in any European progress for the English champions.
The final obstacle for United to secure his services is the price-tag. Obviously the two clubs couldn't agree a deal in the summer, but in a fresh transfer window, maybe Moyes will get his man by agreeing a fee with his former club.
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