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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Everton set to improve Baines bid
Leighton Baines
Baines wants to leave Wigan for Everton, according to Roy Keane
Everton are set to lodge an improved bid for Leighton Baines in a bid to clinch a 6m deal for the England Under-21 defender.

Baines, 22, watched Everton's 2-2 friendly draw with Werder Bremen from the Goodison Park directors' box.

Everton have had an opening offer of 4m plus a player turned down by Wigan boss Christ Hutchings.

But sources on Merseyside claim Everton have resumed talks and will attempt to clinch a straight cash deal.

Baines sat alongside Everton striker James Vaughan from the friendly clash on Tuesday night, fuelling speculation that a move is imminent.

He rejected a 6m move to Sunderland, with boss Roy Keane claiming he had his heart set on a move to Everton.

Wigan boss Chris Hutchings confirmed Everton's recent interest, but insisted no deal had been agreed.

"We turned down a 4m-plus player bid from Everton - that's as far as it has gone," Hutchings told BBC Five Live.

"I'd like him to stay but I can't stop speculation and offers being made. It's bad business if we don't accept a bid similar to what Sunderland offered."

Keane believed Baines turned down a move to Sunderland because he wanted go to the Merseyside club.

He said: "Football is a small world and you hear things through the grapevine.

"I just got the impression that Leighton had his heart set on a move to Everton. I don't blame him for that."

Keane added: "When I left Manchester United, it didn't matter which team came in for me I was always going to go to Celtic.

"I met Leighton and he's a nice lad who I would have loved to have come here.

"But it didn't happen and we move on."

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