Leighton Baines

New Contract in the Offing for Everton’s Baines

Baines Everton away 2016-17Leighton Baines is poised to hold talks over a new contract with Everton, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The 31-year-old is due to sit down and discuss extending his stay with the Goodison hierarchy.

Baines has made over 340 appearances for the Blues since joining from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2007.

And new boss Ronald Koeman is keen to tie the experienced left back down for the rest of his playing career.

Baines last signed an improved contract on Merseyside in January 2014 after the club warded off interest for the full-bacl from Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

The England international struggled for fitness during the 2015/16 season after undergoing surgery on a three-year long ankle problem.

Baines also had to contend with being in the spotlight after comments made about a lack of chemistry within the Everton camp under former manager Roberto Martinez.

Such was the furore caused by the usually frank footballer, Baines was forced to apologise by Martinez – a move which ultimately helped see the Spaniard pay with his job.

An Everton regular for over nine seasons, Baines is in line to receive a testimonial in the next 12 months for his decade long service to the club.

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.

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