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Moyes delighted to bring Baines back to Everton

Everton boss Dave Moyes was delighted to complete the signing of Wigan left-back Leighton Baines yesterday.

Moyes said: "We are pleased to have him. It is a signing for now and it is also a signing for the future.

"Leighton is someone we have been after for a long time and he is someone who will give good competition to our squad.

"We see him as a left-back. We already have Nuno Valente to play there and Joleon Lescott can cover in that position, but we really want him (Lescott) to be a central defender.

"We needed to add to our squad after we sold Gary Naysmith to Sheffield United. Leighton is a young player and he fits in with our policy of trying to buy good British players if we can.

"And he is a big Evertonian. We have been impressed by him and the reports that we have had about him over the past 12 months have been good.

"He really came to prominence last season and has done well in the Premier League and at the European Under-21 Championships, so that was a big factor."

Baines has signed a five-year contract after turning down a move to Sunderland, and opting for Everton ahead of Newcastle - who are believed to have offered him higher wages.

He added: "I am very happy now it is all done and I am looking forward to getting on with it all here.

"People knew this was the place I wanted to come and I am glad now that it is all done.

"I am a local lad and all my family support Everton so it's good to be here at last."

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