By Harvey Byrne
Everton are ready to tie Ross Barkley down to a new long-term deal, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Toffees have been in constant dialogue with the 22-year-old attacking midfielder’s advisors and that they are looking to reward the progress he has made and his standing within the squad.
It is understood that new boss Ronald Koeman’s first priority when moving to the club from Southampton this summer was to improve the squad and bring players in.
However, it is claimed that the Dutch manager is now looking to reward current squad members, which includes Barkley and star striker Romelu Lukaku.
Barkley has two years remaining on his current deal at Goodison Park.
He has featured in all four of Everton’s matches in the new campaign under Ronald Koeman, scoring two goals.
However, the 22-time capped England international was recently left out of new manager Sam Allardyce’s squad which faced Slovakia on Sunday.
Koeman will be keen to keep the Everton youth graduate at Goodison Park and Barkley has already made 144 appearances for the club after making his debut against QPR in 2011.