Jewell fires Baines warning
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Jewell has warned Arsenal that Leighton Baines will not be leaving Wigan cheaply.
Paul Jewell has warned Arsenal that Leighton Baines will not be leaving Wigan Athletic on the cheap.
Ahead of the January transfer window, reports have claimed that Arsenal are looking to bring in a new left-back.
Baines' impressive form for Wigan this season, coupled with his displays for England's Under 21 side, has made him a prime target for the top clubs.
Reports have claimed that Arsene Wenger is ready to pay £4million to bring Baines to Emirates Stadium in the New Year.
But while Wigan boss Jewell insists he would never block a player from joining a club of Arsenal's stature, it would only be for a fair price.
Jewell said: "£4million won't get Leighton Baines that's for sure.
"If he is being talked about as a future England full-back, then you can't get him for that.
"I'll never stop a player going to a top-four club, but I will at £4million. That's not on.
"Right now I've had no contact with Arsenal, but I can guarantee he will not be going for that amount of money.
"Obviously, we don't want to lose any players. Leighton is a very sensible lad and I think he is better off here at the moment."