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Everton's Leighton Baines. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Everton's Leighton Baines. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Everton's Leighton Baines. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

EVERTON are hopeful of ending the uncertainty over full-back Leighton Baines's future, and with it David Moyes' interest in a reunion at Manchester United, by securing the England international on a long-term contract.

Baines was the subject of several thwarted bids by United last summer and though the Premier League champions have not made a renewed approach, Moyes' admiration for the 29-year-old remains.

The left-back will have 12 months left on his existing Everton contract at the end of this season, when Patrice Evra is expected to leave Old Trafford as a free agent, and United will look to secure an established replacement.

Moyes was in the stands on another scouting mission as PSG beat Bordeaux to make the semi-finals of the French League Cup. Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to find the net for the winners, as goals from the impressive Javier Pastore, Adrien Rabiot and Blaise Matuidi secured a 3-1 victory.

Moyes was on his second scouting mission in the space of 48 hours - having taken in Cagliari versus Juventus on Sunday afternoon.

Speculation mounted that United were interested in Davide Astori and Claudio Marchisio as they seek to rebuild their squad.

Phil Neville was also seen at Getafe's match at home to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, thought to be looking at the visitors' highly rated teen, on loan from Atletico Madrid, Saul Niguez.


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