The People reported yesterday that Newcastle United want to sign Everton left full-back Leighton Baines on loan.
A year last summer Newcastle may have been interested in Leighton Baines who at that time was still at Wigan Athletic, but his name kept coming up as a potential Newcastle target for Sam Allardyce.
The 5’8″ Kirkby-born player eventually went to Everton for a rather high £5M fee, but has not been able to gain a regular place in the side, but has still played over 30 times for Everton, having played close to 150 times for Wigan Athletic.
He also played for the England Under-21 side with Steven Taylor, and we think he would be an excellent signing for the club. He played 16 times for the England Under-21 side, scoring a single goal.
Reports suggest he would only be willing to come to Newcastle United on a permanent deal, so maybe an offer around £3M may be able to sway Everton to part with Leighton, who would be more than willing to come to the north-east.
We could even suggest a straight swap deal with Everton – Leighton Baines for Alan Smith.
Leighton turns 24 in December, and was Everton’s best player when we drew 2-2 at Goodison Park earlier this season, in Joe’s first game in charge.
Sign him Joe.
What do you think? Comments very welcome.