By Dominic Toner
Leighton Baines is set to be offered a new contract by Everton, according to a report.
The defender has enjoyed nine successful seasons at the club, and has been named their Player of the Season on two occasions.
The Liverpool Echo report that Baines will begin negotiations with Everton over a new contract in the near future.
Baines still has three years remaining on his current contract but will be offered the chance to commit his long-term future to the club.
The defender has been an ever-present in the Everton team since joining Goodison Park, and has been named in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year twice after his consistent performances at full-back.
Baines recently welcomed the competition from youngsters Brendan Galloway and Luke Garbutt for a starting spot next season, although the fan-favourite can be expected to maintain his place under new manager Ronald Koeman.
The left-back joined the Merseyside club in 2007 after agreeing a £6million deal from Wigan, and has made over 300 appearances during his stay.
The 31-year-old has made 30 appearances for England including two starts at the 2014 World cup, however he had to compete with Ashley Cole for a starting place in the national side for most of his career.
Everton start their Premier League campaign against Tottenham on 13 August and the first Merseyside clash with Liverpool is in December.
In other Everton team news, their fans have reacted on Twitter as their converted striker impresses again in pre-season.