Manchester United's pursuit of Leighton Baines could be re-ignited by a potential January transfer-merry-go-round also involving fellow England hopefuls Luke Shaw and Ryan Bertrand.
According to the Daily Express, Chelsea's reported interest in Southampton left-back Shaw could see them use Bertrand as a makeweight to get their man. The same reports then speculate that Everton's hunt for a replacement suggests that the struggling Premier League champions' move for Baines appears to be back on.
Manchester United evidently endeavoured to bring Baines to Old Trafford following the arrival of former Everton boss David Moyes this summer and saw bids for the 29-year-old rejected as the Toffees showed a steely resolve to keep hold of their star asset.
However, rumours have continued to persist following the close of the summer transfer window linking Baines with Manchester United, with reports last month suggesting that Moyes could get his man for a fee of £16 million when the market re-opens in January.
Manchester United's desire to seek a new left-back will have come as no surprise to fans of the club.
Although controversial Frenchman Patrice Evra has performed admirably in the role since arriving from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco in 2006 but is out of contract this summer and it seems extremely doubtful that Moyes will invest his faith in either Fabio da Silva - whose twin brother Rafael is the club's first-choice right back - or Alexander Buttner as a long-term replacement.
Baines has arguably overtaken Ashley Cole as the Premier League's and indeed England's finest left-back this season but is currently out of action with a broken toe.