Manchester United look set to launch yet another attempt to complete the signing of left-back Leighton Baines.
According to the Daily Mirror, the defending Premier League champions are preparing to mount a bid of £16 million for his services when the transfer window re-opens for business once again in January.
Manchester United, now managed by former Everton boss David Moyes, made little secret of their interest in Baines this summer, with the club reportedly having failed with several bids to try and land the England international before the market closed in early September.
Moyes was evidently keen on a double swoop for Baines and Toffees teammate Marouane Fellaini, but eventually only managed to sign the latter after Roberto Martinez and Everton defied expectation to prevent the Red Devils from taking two of their prize assets.
Despite this failure, however, rumours linking Baines - as well as Southampton full-back Luke Shaw - with a potential switch to Old Trafford have not subsided in recent months.
Despite Patrice Evra showcasing the same solid form that has seen him establish a reputation as one of the world's best left-backs since arriving at the club from Monaco in 2006, the 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and it appears as if Moyes has made a new left-back a priority.
Whether Everton will be able to successfully resist Manchester United's advances once again in the new year, remains unclear.
The club have enjoyed a strong 2013/14 campaign under the management of popular Spaniard Roberto Martinez and currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League table.
Although many may still regard their chances of Champions League qualification as a mere pipe dream, losing a player of Baines' undoubted quality mid-season would presumably have a hugely detrimental impact.
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