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Transfer Talk: Manchester United Rekindle Leighton Baines Interest

08/08/2013 09:25 BST | Updated 08/08/2013 09:25 BST

Manchester United have rekindled their interest in Everton left-back Leighton Baines.

Baines could be one half of a United double deal for Everton players, with Marouane Fellaini expected to complete a move to Old Trafford before the Premier League season starts.

United had £12 million bids for Baines rejected last year and earlier this summer. Ironically, Baines' former manager David Moyes described United's offer in 2012 as "ridiculous".

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United are long-term admirers of Baines

Baines, 28, is identified as an upgrade on 32-year-old Patrice Evra, whose form since the 2010 World Cup has been largely poor.

Evra enjoyed a mini resurgence last season, but that was primarily due to his knack for important goals, such as the winner against Arsenal and equaliser at home to Newcastle United.

The champions remain interested in Cesc Fàbregas, who has kept his counsel since United tabled two offers for him. The Spaniard will speak at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today, which could shed some light on his situation at Barcelona.

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Fàbregas has not spoken about United's interest

Udinese's Luis Muriel is touted by the Metro as a possible replacement for Wayne Rooney at United.

The Colombian scored twice in the qualifying play-off rounds of the Europa League in a 3-1 victory over Široki Brijeg last week.

Nuremburg are set to reject Aston Villa's £10m bid for Japanese midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake, say the Express.

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Kiyotake played at the Confederations Cup for Japan

Paul Lambert has already brought in six players this window and has, crucially, convinced Christian Benteke to sign a new contract despite handing in a transfer request earlier this summer.

L'Équipe report Tottenham have signed French midfielder Étienne Capoue from Toulouse in a £9.5m deal.

Capoue is another defensive midfielder - of which Tottenham have plenty - but can also play in defence. After Steven Caulker joined Cardiff last week and William Gallas' release, Spurs have a paucity of options at centre-back.

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Capoue has played five times for France

And one-time Tottenham target Willian has been transfer-listed - along with all his teammates - by Anzhi Makhachkala as they look to trim their bloated budget.

Former Manchester United coach René Meulensteen was sacked by Anzhi 16 days after he replaced Guus Hiddink.