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Why Everton should resist any Man Utd bid for Seamus Coleman

Reports suggest full-back is summer target for Louis van Gaal's side

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Several media sources are reporting that Man Utd are interested in signing Seamus Coleman - but Everton are not interested in doing a deal.

United have already failed in their attempts to sign one full-back this summer, with Barcelona's Dani Alves opting to sign a new deal at the Nou Camp.

Now it is being reported that Ireland international Coleman is next on the list, though the Red Devils have yet to make a formal bid.

And even if they were to make an offer, with some reports suggesting a £15m bid is in the offing, Everton will dismiss it out of hand and insist the 26-year-old is not for sale.

Coleman only signed a new five-year deal last summer so Everton will be under no pressure to sell the defender, meaning only a stratospheric bid will tempt them to sell.

That bid would surely be in excess of £25m - crazy money yes, but a reflection of Everton's determination to keep hold of the former Sligo Rovers youngster, who cost Everton just £60,000 in 2009.

Everton have done well to secure the signings of Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu but keeping hold of their existing players will be an equally tough challenge.

Coleman joins John Stones, Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku in being linked with a move away so far this summer.

The unsettled Mirallas is probably the only player Everton can afford to lose, with the rest at the heart of the young side Roberto Martinez is trying to build at Goodison.