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Reported interest from Manchester United in Leighton Baines features prominently in Friday’s national newspapers.

The Daily Express say that Everton have firmly rebuffed the Red Devils’ approach, insisting that the left-back is not for sale.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph claim that United are preparing to make a second offer for the 28-year-old, almost immediately after their first enquiry was rejected.

The Daily Mail also say that the Old Trafford club will return with an improved bid and that it could take a total package of £20million including add-ons to prise the England international away from Goodison Park.

There are further stories on Baines in the Daily Star and the Times , while the Everton correspondent for the Liverpool Echo has written a feature on why the defender has become such a favourite with the Blues fans.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail say that Roberto Martinez is closing in on a £6million move to make Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady his top summer signing.

Another attacking player linked with Everton is Birmingham’s Nathan Redmond who is believed to favour a switch to Goodison Park rather than Norwich or Swansea, according to the Daily Mirror.

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