Michael Brown believes Leighton Baines may have a Premier League or international transfer lined up as he weighs up signing a new Everton deal.
The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that the veteran left-back would have put pen to paper if he did not have other options to choose from.
The Toffees confirmed on Saturday that they had agreed a short-term extension with the 35-year-old until the end of the season and that they have offered him a one-year contract to keep him at the club.
🔵 l Leighton Baines has agreed a short-term deal until the end of this season, while he has also been offered a one-year contract for the 2020/21 campaign.
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Brown believes Baines may be looking to play more regularly and suggests there could be offers from both overseas and in the Premier League for next season.
Asked why the defender may not have signed, Brown told Football Insider: “I did think that was strange myself. The only thing I’m thinking is whether there is something internationally or has he got somebody in the Premier League where there’s a guaranteed place?
“He knows really he’s backup there, a squad player and he might think at his age now, Bainesy: ‘Do I go to another country for one or do I go somewhere where I’m told I’m going to play and go enjoy my football for 12 months?'”
Baines has played just seven times across all competitions for the Toffees this season, with Lucas Digne Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice left-back.
He has a total of 418 appearances under his belt for the Toffees in what has been a 13-year spell on Merseyside.
In other Everton news, Danny Mills claims that multiple players had problems with former boss Marco Silva.
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