Arsenal join the race for Liverpool left-back target

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Everton defender Leighton Baines has emerged as a summer transfer target for Arsenal reports the Metro.

The Toffees left-back has caught the attention of a number of the Barclays Premier League's leading clubs after a series of sensational performances at Goodison Park this season.

And having showcased his talents for England in the recent international friendly against Ghana at Wembley, Baines has put himself in the shop window as one of the most coveted Everton stars.

It is well known that Liverpool are in the market for a left-back reinforcement after Reds manager Kenny Dalglish deemed Paul Konchesky surplus to requirements at Anfield, loaning him out to Championship play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest.


Dalglish instead opted to deploy an out of position Glen Johnson in the problem area for much of the season, but has made a summer recruit in this position the number one priority when the transfer window reopens in June.

Everton would be loathed to sell one of their star performers this campaign, especially to Merseyside rivals Liverpool, but their precarious financial situation means that a generous offer could prove too good to turn down as chairman Bill Kenwright looks to balance the books.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also said to be on the lookout for a left-back recruit amidst concerns that current Gunners star Gael Clichy will not sign a new contract to stay at the Emirates, with Baines lined up as a potential replacement.

An Arsenal insider told the Daily Mail that Wenger is a fan of the defender's abilities on the ball, particularly at set pieces and his crossing.

"Wenger thinks Baines would slot straight into the team with little fuss. He also knows the Premier League inside and out so he would not have to get used to English football like a foreign signing would," said the source.

It looks increasingly likely that Baines will leave Everton this summer, but as yet his destination remains unclear, as Liverpool and Arsenal prepare to go head-to-head for his signature.

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