Leighton Baines to be handed new Everton deal

Baines will be thrown a new deal Photo: PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to reward Leighton Baines' loyalty with a new contract after the club fended off interest from Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

Former Toffees boss David Moyes wanted to take the England left-back and midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Old Trafford with him, but only succeeded in buying the latter.

While the Belgium international had regularly hinted at looking for a new club over the last 12 months, Baines has been a model professional and Martinez believes that deserves recognition.

"Leighton is the most important player for us now and in the future," said the Everton manager.

"We want to do what we can to reward that and let him know he deserves our appreciation.

"Contract talks will be opened but it is not just about the contract, it is about making sure he knows how much we want him and how much we appreciate him."