Besiktas keen on United Defender Buttner

Besiktas are set to make a move for Manchester United defender Alex Buttner.

According to reports on TalkSPORT, the Turkish side will make their move if as increasingly expected United tie up a deal for Everton left back Leighton Baines.

Red Devil’s manager David Moyes is a big admirer of the England defender and has been linked with a move throughout the summer.

Everton are reluctant to let the 28 year old go but with United believed to be readying a joint double bid £35 million bid for Baines and his Toffee’s team mate Marouane Fellaini their resolve could be tested.

Moyes wants Baines to provide competition for, and ultimately replace current left-back Patrice Evra. Despite an impressive year last time out culminating in a place in the Premier League team of the season the 32 year old could leave Old Trafford with Monaco keen to bring the defender back to France.

Should United and Everton reach a compromise then it will signal the end of Buttner’s short stay in Manchester.

The 24 year old only joined United last summer from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem but struggled to dislodge Evra from the starting eleven making just 5 Premier League appearances.

Besiktas are monitoring the situation and could move should the club make Buttner available. The player, who admitted to struggling with homesickness last season, could be tempted to move to Eastern Europe with his World Cup dreams floundering on the bench at United.

Buttner has previously admitted that the potential arrival of Baines would not affect him saying: “The speculation doesn’t bother me. I hear the name Baines but for me I don’t care.

“I want to play my own game. If he comes I don’t think my future will be in danger. I just want to be strong and let the trainer see what I have got. I don’t think about other players, just myself.”

However his agent, Alexander Bursac believes a move away from the Premier League champions would benefit his client, especially if Baines arrives.

Speaking last month Bursac said “If Baines arrives, the chances [for Buttner] to play are even less then last year. That would be a shame, because Alex wants to play for the Dutch national team next season.

“For Alex it would be better for a younger left-back to come so he could become first choice. He has already proved himself in the Premier League.”

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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