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Everton To Offer Baines A New Deal

Having deflected the attentions of Manchester United, Everton are set to offer England defender Leighton Baines a new contract.

Despite Patrice Evra’s good start to the season, United have made a new-left back a priority, and vigorously bid for Baines’ services.

But Everton were loath to lose their star man, and sent United packing.

Manager Roberto Martinez has acknowledged that Everton were forced to contend with United’s interest in Baines, but he believes the club has done well to retain one of their best players.

And the Spaniard now wants to tie Baines down with an improved contract.

"From having interest to a situation where you have to consider a move is very different,” Martinez told reporters.

“Leighton is a very special footballer and a special player for Everton and we are looking forward to him enjoying the challenge that lies ahead.”

"When the window is open I think it's the wrong time to speak about those things and so we hadn't discussed it but, now the window is closed, we are going to look into all the players in the squad and see where their contracts are up to,” he added regarding a contract extension.

"Then, individually, we will look to address that. It would just have created more instability if we had done that while the window was open."

English Premier League: Everton 3 - 2 Newcastle

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