Official: Leighton Baines signs new deal

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Everton have pulled off a major transfer boost and disappointed Manchester United in the process by tying down Leighton Baines to a new contract.

David Moyes was reportedly very keen on taking his former charge to Old Trafford as the eventual replacement for Patrice Evra, but it appears as though he will have to look elsewhere.

Manchester United are having a troubled season as Moyes adapts to succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson and there will likely be disappointment at the fact they could not convince the England international to choose the Premier League champions.

Everton, meanwhile, were delighted they could convince Baines to stick with Goodison Park and manager Roberto Martinez was open about how much of a boost this news will give the club.

"It would be an understatement to say we are delighted to secure the best footballing years of Leighton Baines at our club," the Spaniard told the official Everton website

"It's a massive boost and exciting for the future. Leighton has just turned 29 and brings the right measure of maturity and football knowledge in a very specialised position on the pitch, bringing an infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad."

Baines has improved significantly over the past two to three seasons and is now the favourite to secure the left-back berth in England's 2014 World Cup 2014 starting XI over Chelsea's Ashley Cole.

Manchester United were likely aware that Baines was preparing to extend his stay with the Toffees, as they have been linked with a move for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao in the January transfer window.

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