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Manchester United look at Porto"s Alex Sandro as possible replacement for Patrice Evra

United step up left-back chase in bid to replace Evra (and Porto's Sandro tops list)

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

23:00 GMT, 24 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:56 GMT, 25 March 2013

Manchester United have revived their search for a left back creating further uncertainty over the long-term future of Patrice Evra.

The 31-year-old France defender, who has scored four times this season, has been in good form and there has been talk of a one-year extension to his contract which runs out in 2014.

However, United scouts watched Porto left back Alex Sandro in the recent Champions League tie against Malaga and plan to look at others in the position before the season ends.

Targeted: Alex Sandro (left) is being monitored by Manchester United

Targeted: Alex Sandro (left) is being monitored by Manchester United

United have reservations about the defensive capabilities of Evra and have studied several candidates to replace him. Everton's Leighton Baines has long been admired but his 15m valuation means an offer has yet to materialise.

United signed Alexander Buttner for 4m from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer but he has played just 10 games with only two in the Premier League.

Evra has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, former club Monaco and Fiorentina but is eager to stay at Old Trafford.

Alex Sandro has six caps for Brazil and cost Porto 8m from Atletico Paranaense in 2011.

Declining: Despite a better season than last, Patrice Evra is not the player he once was

Declining: Despite a better season than last, Patrice Evra is not the player he once was

Rio Ferdinand pulls out of England squad for San Marino and Montenegro

Ferdinand farce! Now defender pulls out of England squad over fitness fears leaving Hodgson with headache for Montenegro

and a few months later was fined 45,000 by the FA for acknowledging a tweet which referred to Ashley Cole – who gave evidence in defence of Terry in his trial after the Chelsea player was accused of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton – as a 'choc ice'.

It's been a while: Ferdinand last played for England in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland June 2011

It's been a while: Ferdinand last played for England in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland June 2011

Selection poser: Roy Hodgson will have to do without Rio Ferdinand for England's World Cup double header

Selection poser: Roy Hodgson will have to do without Rio Ferdinand for England's World Cup double header

Low blow

Mouthy chat show host, former journalist and celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan was quick to have a dig, tweeting: 'Sorry to see you've binned England on medical grounds, Sicknote @rioferdy5 -presumably they'll stop you playing in next few Utd games too'

Ferdinand last played for England in June 2011 in a World Cup qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley.

Meanwhile, left-back Leighton Baines is determined to take maximum points from San Marino and Montenegro.

England's next competitive match after the double header is in September and Everton defender Baines told told FATV 'The first game is one that everyone expects us to win and is a game we must win. And then it's a tougher game after that, one that's going to be really difficult and one that we really need to win.

'We want to finish the season in terms of qualifying on a high and in the best possible position to pick it up at the start of next season.

'The two draws (against Poland and Ukraine) put us under more pressure to win this one and the worst case is that we don't lose the game. Because there are plenty more games to come.'

RIO FERDINAND FACTFILE

1978: Born November 8, Peckham.

1995: Turns professional with West Ham.

1996: May – Makes West Ham debut as substitute in draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

1997: February – Scores first West Ham goal in defeat at Blackburn.

November – Becomes youngest defender to play for England when he makes debut against Cameroon at Wembley.

Debut: Ferdinand made his international bow as a substitute against Cameroon

Debut: Ferdinand made his international bow as a substitute against Cameroon

1998: Named in Glenn Hoddle's England World Cup squad but does not play at tournament in France.

2000: Left out of the England squad for Euro 2000 by Kevin Keegan. Makes British record 18million move to Leeds in November.

2002: Scores first England goal in 3-0 win over Denmark in World Cup second round.

July 21 – Leeds agree to sell Ferdinand to Manchester United for 29.1million, making him the world's most expensive defender.

2003: May – Earns first Premier League winner's medal.

October – Reported to the Football Association for failing to attend a drugs test, and left out of England squad for Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey because of the controversy.

December 18 – Receives eight-month ban and 50,000 fine over missed drugs test.

Big stage: Ferdinand (No 5) scored for England against Denmark at the World Cup in 2002

Big stage: Ferdinand (No 5) scored for England against Denmark at the World Cup in 2002

Big stage: Ferdinand (No 5) scored for England against Denmark at the World Cup in 2002

2004: January 20 – Ferdinand begins his ban, which means he misses Euro 2004.

2005: August 8 – Agrees new four-year deal with United.

2007: November 21 – Absent through injury as England lose 3-2 to Croatia at Wembley and fail to qualify for Euro 2008.

2008: March 26 – Captains England for the first time and wins his 65th cap in 1-0 defeat in France.

May 15 – Signs new five-year United deal.

May 21 – Captains United to a Champions League final victory over Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

2009: May 16 – United wrap up third successive Premier League title.

May 27 – Part of United team beaten 2-0 by Barcelona in Champions League final.

2010: February 5 – Succeeds John Terry as England skipper after Chelsea defender is stripped of post by manager Fabio Capello following allegations about Terry's private life.

June 4 – Ruled out of World Cup after injuring ligaments in his left knee in training.

2011: March 19 – Loses England captaincy to Terry, ahead of Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales.

May – Wins another Premier League title with United – his fifth. United lose 3-1 to Barca in Champions League final at Wembley.

Crocked: Ferdinand's 2010 World Cup was over before it had started after he was injured during training

Crocked: Ferdinand's 2010 World Cup was over before it had started after he was injured during training

2012: February – Rules himself out of the running to captain England after Terry is stripped of the duty pending the outcome of a July trial. Terry is due to answer a charge of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, but is later acquitted.

May 16 – Left out of England's squad for Euro 2012. He later writes on Twitter: “Absolutely loved playing for england… to say I'm gutted is an understatement of the highest order…”

August 17 – Fined 45,000 by the FA for acknowledging a tweet which referred to Ashley Cole – who gave evidence in defence of John Terry in his trial – as a 'choc ice'.

December 9 – Struck by a coin thrown from the crowd at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium as United claim a 3-2 derby victory.

2013: March 5 – Escapes UEFA action after sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir at the end of home defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

March 10 – Escapes FA sanction for appearing to barge Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to the ground.

March 14 – Recalled to the England squad for World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino and Montenegro.

March 18 – Pulls out of the squad over fitness concerns

England players take the train from Birmingham to London – PICTURES

Now this is what you call an England training session! Rooney and Co on track to tackle Brazil with first-class delivery to Wembley

final.

All aboard: Wayne Rooney chats to Everton duo Leon Osman and Leighton Baines

All aboard: Wayne Rooney chats to Everton duo Leon Osman and Leighton Baines

LIVE: Watch England"s Player of the Year awards from St George"s Park

LIVE: Watch England's Player of the Year awards from St George's Park here

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21:40 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:06 GMT, 3 February 2013

Sportsmail's finest awarded

Our very own Matt Lawton picked up the Brian Woolnough award for best England writer. Read about it HERE

Who will win England's Player of the Year award Follow the action live here with Sportsmail.

Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole Glen Johnson, Joe Hart and Danny Welbeck are the five men in with a chance of winning it.

Awards already issued tonight are England's Young Player of the year, U21 Player of the Year and Team of the Year. Find out who won below.

Here to watch: Leighton Baines, Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka

Here to watch: Leighton Baines, Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka


Brian Woolnough Writer's Award: Matt Lawton (Daily Mail)

Matt Lawton

England U21 Player of the Year: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Jordan Henderson

2. Martin Kelly (Liverpool)

3. Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United)

England Men's Youth Player of the Year: Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea)

Nathaniel Chalobah

2. Will Hughes (Derby)

3. John Lundstram (Everton)

Club England Team of the Year: England Women

England Women

VIDEO: Backstage at the awards

Southampton 0 Everton 0 match report

Southampton 0 Everton 0: Pochettino era starts with stalemate as both sides waste chances

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21:51 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:06 GMT, 21 January 2013

Mauricio Pochettino's first game in charge of Southampton ended in a goalless draw with Everton at St Mary's.

Both sides missed a number of opportunities, with Nikica Jelavic's scuff from close range the most glaring, as Everton failed to close the gap to fourth-placed Tottenham.

More to follow

Stalemate: Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic of Everton combine to scramble away a Southampton chance

Stalemate: Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic of Everton combine to scramble away a Southampton chance

MATCH FACTS

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Puncheon (De Ridder 87), Cork, Schneiderlin, Ramirez (Steven Davis 71),Lambert, Do Prado (Rodriguez 62).

Subs Not Used: Kelvin Davis, Fox, Richardson, Chaplow.

Booked: Hooiveld,Schneiderlin.

Everton: Howard, Coleman (Anichebe 58), Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic (Mirallas 66), Fellaini.

Subs Not Used: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Duffy.

Booked: Osman.

Att: 28,359

Ref: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

Opportunity: Jelavic missed a chance to claim all three points for Everton

Opportunity: Jelavic missed a chance to claim all three points for Everton

New manager: Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Southampton for the first time

New manager: Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Southampton for the first time

New manager: Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Southampton for the first time

A member of the public holds a sign

Mauricio Pochettino

Protest: One fan holds up a sign dedicated to former manager Nigel Adkins


Dribble: Steven Pienaar takes on Jos Hooiveld as Morgan Schneiderlin looks on

Dribble: Steven Pienaar takes on Jos Hooiveld as Morgan Schneiderlin looks on

Cheltenham 1 Everton 5: Match report

Cheltenham 1 Everton 5: Blues cruise into fourth round with comfortable win at Abbey Business Stadium

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21:36 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 7 January 2013

Everton avoided an FA Cup third round upset in Gloucestershire as they eased past League Two high-flyers Cheltenham on Monday.

Nikica Jelavic opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he pounced on Marouane Fellaini's rebounded effort and Leighton Baines converted a penalty shortly after as the Premier League side led 2-0 at half-time.

Leon Osman made it 3-0 within minutes of the restart before Russell Penn pulled one back for Cheltenham.

But Seamus Coleman restored the three-goal cushion moments later and Fellaini rounded off the scoring just before the end as Victor Anichebe provided assists for both goals.

Everton will travel to either Bolton or Sunderland in the fourth round at the end of January.

More to follow

Opener: Jelavic scored Everton's first goal in the 12th minute

Opener: Jelavic scored Everton's first goal in the 12th minute

Composed: Baines scored a penalty to double Everton's lead

Composed: Baines scored a penalty to double Everton's lead

Easy: Osman added a third for the Premier League side just after half-time

Easy: Osman added a third for the Premier League side just after half-time

Osman scored the third goal

Hope: Penn pulled a goal back for Cheltenham to reduce their arrears to 3-1

Hope: Penn pulled a goal back for Cheltenham to reduce their arrears to 3-1

Rout: Coleman scored Everton's fourth goal to restore their three-goal cushion

Rout: Coleman scored Everton's fourth goal to restore their three-goal cushion

MATCH FACTS:

Cheltenham: Brown, Jombati, Bennett, Elliott, Jones, McGlashan (Deering 80), Pack, Carter (Taylor 66), Mohamed, Penn, Goulding (Duffy 66).

Subs not used: Roberts, Lowe, Hooman, Harrad.

Goal: Penn 51.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines (Gueye 63), Neville, Osman (Naismith 68), Anichebe, Fellaini, Oviedo, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 80).

Subs not used: Mucha, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.

Goals: Jelavic 12, Baines (pen) 21, Osman 49, Coleman 58, Fellaini 89.

Att: 6,891

Referee: Kevin Friend

Jamie Redknapp"s team of season so far… more Stoke players than Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal!

My team of the season so far… and why I've picked more Stoke players than from City, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal!

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11:47 GMT, 31 December 2012

Sportsmail's dream teams

Click below to read:

Neil Ashton's London 2012 team

Martin Keown's Arsenal/Spurs XI

Dominic King's Mersey stars of 2012

It's never easy picking these teams – and I'm sure you'll tell me where I'm going wrong!

How can I possibly leave out the exciting and entertaining Santi Cazorla or the powerful and productive Marouane Fellaini Both would get into most teams, but I would argue I have better players and I need to have some balance too.

Joe Hart is, in my opinion, the best goalkeeper in the world, but he has not been in the best form – and nor has Manchester United's David De Gea. Stoke have been defensively excellent and their goalkeeper, who may well move to a bigger club soon, has been very good. And so has their captain, Ryan Shawcross.

Santi Cazorla

Marouane Fellaini

You're out: Sorry Santi, sorry Marouane… there's just no room in my team for you two!

And here's how it breaks down, team-by-team…

Stoke – 2 players
Manchester United – 2 players
Swansea – 2 players
Manchester City – 1 player
Everton – 1 player
Chelsea – 1 player
Liverpool – 1 player
Spurs – 1 player

If you had told me at the start of
the season, I would be picking a half-term team with more Stoke players
than Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal, I would have asked for
the smelling salts.
Swansea too have two players, as do Manchester United.

There are no Arsenal players in my XI. No Wayne Rooney. No Sergio Aguero, or David Silva.
But my team has goals: Michu in midfield, Bale, Suarez and Robin van Persie in attacking positions and Michael Carrick to supply the passes.

I have two attacking full-backs, including the excellent Leighton Baines. Imagine Baines, Bale and Mata lining up for a free-kick.

So here's my line-up (4-3-3) …

Goalkeeper:
Asmir Begovic (Stoke)

Asmir Begovic

Defenders (right-left):
Pablo Zabaleta (Man
City)
Ashley Williams (Swansea)
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke)
Leighton Baines (Everton)

Pablo Zabaleta

Ashley Williams

Just try and get past this fab four: (clockwise from top left) Zabaleta, Williams, Baines, Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross

Leighton Baines

Midfielders:
Michael Carrick
(Man United)
Michu (Swansea)
Juan Mata (Chelsea)

Passed it: Michael Carrick

Passed it: Michael Carrick

Michu

Goal threat: Michu

Juan Mata

Spain in the neck: Juan Mata

Attackers:
Gareth Bale (Spurs)
Luis Suarez
(Liverpool)
Robin van Persie (Man United)

Gareth Bale

Luis Suarez

Fearsome: Bale, Suarez and Van Persie would form a mouthwatering forward line in my dream team

Robin van Persie

Leighton Baines scarred as Gary Cahill"s studs go through shirt

You ripper! Baines scarred as Cahill's studs go right through Everton defender's shirt

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15:48 GMT, 30 December 2012

Leighton Baines was left with a sore reminder of playing against Chelsea after the Everton defender was caught by Gary Cahill's studs.

Baines and Blues defender Cahill clashed accidentally early in the second half at Goodison Park and it was the home favourite who came off worse.

As these pictures from Sky Sports show, Cahill's studs went right through Baines' shirt and left a scar on the England international's back.

Ripped: Leighton Baines was caught by Gary Cahill's studs as the pair hit the ground at Goodison Park

Ripped: Leighton Baines was caught by Gary Cahill's studs as the pair hit the ground at Goodison Park

Baines, true to form, was straight back up and in the thick of the action.

Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech did not come out for the second half.

The Blues stopper picked up an ankle injury and was replaced by Ross Turnbull.

Turnbull's sole previous appearance this season was the Capital One Cup drubbing of Wolves in September.

And he was celebrating at the end of the match on Merseyside as the visitors took the three points back to London after Frank Lampard's double cancelled out Steven Pienaar's early strike.

Collision: Cahill and Baines hit the ground and the Chelsea defender catches his opponent

Collision: Cahill and Baines hit the ground and the Chelsea defender catches his opponent

Accidental: Cahill looked worried for a second as Baines lay on the pitch

Accidental: Cahill looked worried for a second as Baines lay on the pitch

War wound: Baines was caught by Cahill's studs

War wound: Baines was caught by Cahill's studs

David Moyes could quit Everton if no Champions League

Champions League or bust for Moyes as Everton boss ponders future at Goodison

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22:30 GMT, 29 December 2012

Everton manager David Moyes is seriously considering ending his 11-year association with the club after the season if they don’t qualify for the Champions League.

Having established his reputation as one of the best managers in England over a decade, Moyes feels this year represents his best chance of a top-four finish since 2005, when Everton were knocked out in the Champions League qualifying stages by Villarreal.

The Scot, whose side face Chelsea on Sunday, believes Everton must take advantage of a relatively weak Premier League to break into the elite, with Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka and Leon Osman at their peak.

Up in the air: David Moyes has six months left on his Everton contract

Up in the air: David Moyes has six months left on his Everton contract

He wants owner Bill Kenwright to back him with two new signings in January. But Moyes knows it will be hard to keep his squad together should they fail in their top-four quest.

‘It’s easier to attract top players if you are in Europe, particularly the Champions League. I think it would help to keep Marouane Fellaini. The only reason then for him to leave would be money. That’s why if you want to keep your best players you need to give them European football.’

Fellaini, who completes a three-match ban for butting Ryan Shawcross of Stoke, is being watched by Chelsea and clubs in the cash-rich Russian League, and failure to finish in the top four could see the likes of Fellaini, Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines go to balance the books and also leave Moyes seeking a new challenge, possibly abroad,.

Moyes has just six months left on his contract and has not had talks about a new deal. Regularly overlooked for top jobs in England, the only feasible opportunity left at home is at Manchester United, which would depend on when Sir Alex Ferguson chooses to retire.

Moyes is more likely to follow the route taken by former England manager Steve McClaren, who went to coach in Holland and Germany.

Heading out Marouane Fellaini has been linked with a move in January

Heading out Marouane Fellaini has been linked with a move in January

Moyes is a keen student of European football and knows it may offer a better route into the Champions League than he will get in England. He has already expressed a wish to manage in Germany. He is the third-longest serving manager in the Premier League behind Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

Everton could leapfrog Chelsea into third place if they win today but Moyes accepts there is a huge chasm between the two clubs in their long-term prospects, particularly when Roman Abramovich can splash out 35million on an exciting young player like Belgium’s Eden Hazard.

‘We knew all about Hazard through (international team-mate) Fellaini but it was always going to be biggish cash for us. We’ve had a few like that, I can tell you,’ said Moyes.

‘Can you measure Everton against Chelsea I think there would be an unfair advantage somewhere in there. I don’t think we have spent as much here on players when you include outgoings as they have in pay-outs for managers.

Europe calling: Everton hope to gatecrash next season's Champions League

Europe calling: Everton hope to gatecrash next season's Champions League

‘Everton supporters realise we have a different model. Tottenham have proved that you can get into the top four. We had a nibble at it in 2005 but it’s not been consistent enough.'

Moyes knows, if Everton can qualify for the Champions League, the long-term prospects for the club would alter dramatically.

He said: ‘Last January we needed 5.5m to turn it around. I would hope if we make it to the Champions League we will be getting far more than that.

‘It would help us for the next couple of years and that would help me keep Everton’s progress going. What worries me is keeping the progression going. If we are lucky enough to make the Champions League, we could try and make another step up the ladder. What would you get for getting into group stages 10m- 20m

‘That could change a lot that would happen here.’

Manchester United in fresh 15m move for Everton defender Leighton Baines

Manchester United make fresh 15m move for Everton defender Baines

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 28 December 2012

Manchester United are increasingly confident of signing Leighton Baines next month.

Sportsmail understands talks between
United and Everton over the protracted transfer have reopened and Old
Trafford chiefs feel the Merseysiders will now sell the England star for
15million.

Wanted: Everton's Leighton Baines

Wanted: Everton's Leighton Baines

Sir Alex Ferguson has made a replacement for first-choice left back Patrice Evra a top priority, with Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, who is out of contract at the end of the season, another option for Ferguson.

But he prefers Baines, even though he will face stiff competition for the 28-year-old in the transfer window.

Cover story: Ferguson wants Baines as long-term replacement for Patrice Evra, top,

Cover story: Ferguson wants Baines as long-term replacement for Patrice Evra (top)

A senior Arsenal scout watched Baines play in Everton’s win over West Ham.

Chelsea have eyes on the defender as
they search for a new left back, given Cole’s expected departure in the
summer. Paris Saint- Germain are also keen.