Date: 28th June 2013 at 4:33pm
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Is the Scouser worth it?

United are prepared to up their offer for Leighton Baines to around the £20 million mark after the Goodison Park club rejected the initial £12 million bid. 

According to reports the Old Trafford board have sanctioned a deal that will allow David Moyes to make an improved offer.

The Mail notes:

Manchester United will make a renewed bid of £15million plus add-ons for Everton defender Leighton Baines.

After rejecting an opening bid in the region of £12m from United, Everton insist the England left back is not for sale.

But United hope to persuade them with a deal that will total £20m including additional performance-related payments for the 28-year-old.

£20 million for a 28 year-old may seem excessive and it could well prove foolish should Baines fail to live up to the expectations already being placed upon him. It’s worth noting that despite having little re-sale value the defender is a proven Premier League player, something that automatically seems to carry a £10 million surcharge.

Personally I don’t think United need to fork out £20 for a left back who’s never quite hit the highs that Patrice Evra has, but then again, I didn’t think we needed to sign Robin Van Persie so what do I know?

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