Arsenal are lining up a bid for Everton full-back Leighton Baines this January by AM
According to reports in various English media, Arsene Wenger is looking to sign Leighton Baines in the January transfer window. The Everton left back was previously linked with a move to Manchester United. Baines was supposedly earmarked as the perfect replacement for Patrice Evra, whose form has not been up to expectations in recent past.
But now it seems that Arsenal could join United in the chase for the England international, according to the People, as Arsene Wenger has been looking to strengthen the left back slot. Gibbs and Santos are considered to be the weakest link in the Arsenal defense; both are inconsistent and injury prone. Although Baines would be a great addition to the squad, it would be interesting to see whether Wenger agrees meet Everton’s demands of £15million for the left back.
These rumours comes days after Baines said in an interview that although he wants to get more minutes on the pitch for his national side, he understands why it is hard to look beyond the former Arsenal left back Ashley Cole in the left back slot. Baines said that, he and other young left backs in the squad, can learn a lot from Cole.
Ashley Cole is certainly not getting any younger and a move to a big club like Arsenal or Manchester United can also help Baines in claiming a more regular spot in Roy Hodgson’s starting eleven. The Gooners would no doubt love to see Baines at Emirates in January although it is probably just speculation. Also, Gibbs is starting to grow into his role and look the part. Steve Bould really does seem to be working wonders with all the Arsenal defenders.