David Moyes insists Leighton Baines won’t join Liverpool

Everton manager dismisses the prospect of left-back crossing the Merseyside divide this summer

David Moyes
Moyes denies left-back could leave Everton for Liverpool Photo: Jason Gulledge

David Moyes

Everton manager David Moyes has brushed off the prospect of Leighton Baines joining Liverpool this summer, insisting that he has the final say on the club’s transfers.

The 26-year-old left-back has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park in recent weeks but the Everton boss has dismissed the possibility of the England international crossing the Merseyside divide.

Baines, who has made 152 appearances since signing from Wigan Athletic for £6m in 2007, penned a new five-year deal with Everton last summer.

“I can’t see it,” said Moyes. “It’s not for me that one and I think Liverpool know that as well. Nobody will leave the club unless I give it the go-ahead and that won’t change.

“We have signed Leighton on a five-year deal. I don’t want to sell him and Everton don’t sell cheap. The chairman looks after the players and gives them what he can. So Leighton’s not for sale – and they know that as well.”

Nicky Barmby and Abel Xavier are the only two players to have joined Everton from Liverpool with both clubs in the Premier League.

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