Toffees settle Baines fee

06 August 2007 12:17
Everton are close to completing the signing of left-back Leighton Baines from Wigan Athletic, after the two clubs agreed a £6million fee for the England Under-21 international. With a fee of having been agreed for the 22-year-old, Baines is set to discuss personal terms with the Toffees before undergoing a medical. The deal is thought to be worth around £6million, with Baines having previously turned down an approach from Sunderland. Toffees assistant manager, Alan Irvine, had earlier said: "We're at least part of the way down the road. "But with the demands made by everyone these days, I'll only believe it's going to happen when it actually does happen. We've been talking to Leighton and hopefully sorting things out with him. "When you look at the prices that are going around these days, then £6million isn't a great deal of money. "Leighton has got real potential to play for his country. Anyone who saw him in the European Under-21s Championships would have been impressed with him. "He is a good footballer, a nice passer of the ball, he has loads of energy and he is quick, so there are lots of reasons for wanting to sign a player like him."

Source: ESA

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