Manchester United will finally land long-term transfer target Leighton Baines in January, according to The Mirror.
The Everton defender was hotly tipped to follow David Moyes to Old Trafford in the summer but a move never came to fruition as the two clubs failed to agree an appropriate fee.
However, it seems now that United will finally get their man for a reported £16 million when the window reopens in the new year.
Baines has established himself as direct competition for Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole's positon for England, and his potential arrival at the Red Devils could also pave the way for Patrice Evra to return to his native France to see out the remainder of his playing days with AS Monaco.
During the much maligned summer transfer window, where the only notable signing came in the form of Marouane Fellaini, United also failed to secure a last minute loan deal for Fabio Coentrao, which suggests Moyes is keen to challenge Evra to maintain his first-team spot.
It also seems that Everton have already set about replacing their star defender, who turns 29 in December, as they are rumoured to be preparing bids for Chelsea's Ryan Betrand and Swansea's Ben Davies.
Baines is said to have been keen on joining United back in August and it seems his future now lies with the Champions.
The 28-year old would also be eligible to play in the Champions League should he move away from Goodison in January, an added incentive for Moyes as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging for trophies both at home and on the continent.
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