Manchester United Plan Shock January Swoop for England Defender - Report
By Arunava Ray | November 17, 2013 6:38 PM EST
The Red Devils are in the market for a left-back and Baines has become their top priority this January with Patrice Evra set to leave the club by the end of the season. David Moyes had tried to bring in both Baines and Fellaini in a double swoop last summer but Roberto Martinez refused to part with the England international. Meanwhile, United will try their best to convince the Evertonians this time around to sanction a move in January.
United were also denied a last ditch loan move for Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid as the paperwork failed to go through in the final minute. The England international has overtaken Ashley Cole as the first choice left-back for the Three Lions and will be a major coup for United as the 29-year-old is not cup tied with Everton and will be available for the Red Devils' European exploits should they go through.
The defending Champions have failed to push on this season, currently fifth in the league with 20 points, five points behind the Gunners who are leading the table. Their win over Arsenal last weekend ascertained that the gap between themselves and the league leaders does not boil over to 11 points, something which may have put an early end to their aspirations of a title defence this season.
Baines' arrival will also increase his chances of ousting Cole from the first team in the squad for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, with manager Roy Hodgson stating that there is nothing between the two players in terms of talent. The Three Lions suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chile at Wembley and have their next game against a talented German side who are among the favourites to win the tournament.
"I'm still very happy to consider Ashley Cole as a potential English left-back but, as you have known for some time, the competition for that spot is particularly fierce because Baines is also playing well," Hodgson said.
"I do have enormous faith in both of them. On top of that we have Kieran Gibbs and Luke Shaw.
"They are two younger players who I think can definitely put these more senior ones under some pressure I would definitely not be concerned about Gibbs or Shaw playing," he added.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Still The World Champions: Team USA Overpowers Serbia, 129-92 To Win 2014 FIBA World Cup [PHOTOS]
- Kendall Jenner Could Be Next Victoria's Secret Angel [PHOTOS]
- From Fat To Fit: Celebrities Who Were Overweight Before They Became The Beauties That They Are
- Taylor Swift Named People's Best Dressed Stars Of 2014 [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Rafael Nadal’s Coach Reveals The Spanish Athlete Will Be Back On Court Soon
- Manny Pacquiao Is The Greatest Fighter That Ever Lived Declares Magician David Blaine
- Guardiola Mockingly States That Man Utd Does Not Have The Means To Acquire Bayern Munich Players
- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Superfight Won’t Happen Because Floyd Is Scared Of Left-Handed Boxers, Pacman - Bob Arum
- Serena Williams Shows Off Her Bikini Body With Eva Longoria At The Miami Beach After US Open Victory
- iOS 8 Release Date Of Sept 17 Has Arrived: Update Begins At 10AM Pacific Time, Upgrade Your iDevices With iOS 7.1.2 First To Install iOS 8
- Google Nexus 6 Release Date on Q4 2014 Confirmed by T-Mobile Featuring Wi-Fi Calling
- Why Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Not The Best Smartphone To Purchase Now? If You Still Want To, Wait For A Month To Get It Cheap
- Apple iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 October Release Date Roundup: Freshly Leaked Protective Case Debuts Unique Vent Alongside Camera
- Canadian IS Jihadist Wants to ‘Play Soccer’ with Heads of US Decapitated Soldiers
- Warning to U.S. – ISIS Has Shot Down a Syrian Regime Fighter Jet
- Spice Dream Uno vs Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Android One Smartphone to Challenge The Existing Budget Friendly Smartphone