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Baines wanted to go to United says coach

Baines would have left Everton if given the chance

By | 20th September 2013
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Everton coach Alan Stubbs has revealed that Leighton Baines wanted to join Manchester United this summer. The 28 year old English left-back was the subject of constant transfer speculation throughout the summer with United as former Everton manager David Moyes was hopeful of bringing both Baines and former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Old Trafford.

Stubbs remarked that even though Fellaini was eventually sold to United, it did not appear that would be the case until very late on transfer deadline day. By seven 0′clock on the final day of the summer transfer window, Stubbs was under the belief that no transfers were going to happen but then suddenly, deals were underway and completed before the deadline.

The Toffees coach believes that Baines would have joined United along with Fellaini that night if Everton had not been so desperate to keep him.

“The way the transfer deadline goes, everyone looks at it and it got to a stage where we knew the Gareth Bale [to Real Madrid] thing was going to happen,” Stubbs said, according to

“That was the big one. Underlying from that, there wasn’t really an awful lot going on. Probably come seven o’clock on the night [September 2] at Everton the word from the training ground was that no one was going to go. Fellaini was staying. Bainesy was never really an option – the club had dug its heels in. Bainesy had obviously said he’d like to go.

“And then, come nine o’clock, suddenly we started to get linked with Lukaku and then the Fellaini thing was starting with negotiations with United. By the time it had finished we’d bought three in and they are great additions to the squad.”

Baines is viewed as an integral part of Everton’s plans moving forward and has started all four league matches for the club so far this season. Everton manager Roberto Martinez demonstrated his desire to hold firm and keep Baines as he stated he would like to lock the defender up with a new deal ahead of the January transfer window, when David Moyes could come calling again.

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