By Paul Clennam
Everton have slapped a £25 million price tag on Leighton Baines to ward off interest from Manchester United, Goal understands.
The Red Devils failed in their attempts to sign the England left-back in the summer and have renewed their efforts in the past week.
The Toffees, however, remain keen to keep hold of the 29-year-old and hope to price the Premier League champions out of a fresh assault in January.
United, for their part, believe the Meryseyside outfit are posturing after relations were strained following what was perceived as a derisory joint bid for both Baines and Marouane Fellaini in the summer.
Once again, United hold out hope that Baines will make his desire to move to Old Trafford known in order to smooth negotiations.
However, the former Wigan man refused to kick up a fuss when United came knocking in August and September and is not expected to hand in a transfer request this time around.
Baines is keen on joining his former manager, David Moyes, at Old Trafford but is happy at Goodison Park and would only move if Everton are completely satisfied with the final deal.
United are wary that Everton will once again hold firm and refuse to let go of Baines, so may therefore consider a renewed approach for Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao.
The Portugal left-back, who has been out of action since November with a thigh injury, was subject of an 11th-hour bid from the Red Devils on transfer deadline day and only failed to move to England due to the late submission of paperwork.