By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have joined the race to sign Ross Barkley from Everton, according to a report.
Football website Squawka claim that the Merseysiders have offered Barkley a new contract worth £100,000 a week, but the midfielder is stalling on putting pen to paper.
It is said that Everton are desperate to tie him down to a new four-year contract as they look to ward off interest from Premier League rivals.
Spurs are the latest side to monitor Barkley’s situation and the 22-year-old is also admired by Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The England international’s current deal expires in 2018 and Everton could be forced into selling him if he refuses to sign a new deal before next summer.
Squawka report that Barkley, who currently earns around £60,000 a week, is waiting to see how Everton progress under new manager Ronald Koeman before making a final decision on his future.
Some of Barkley’s teammates from England’s Euro 2016 squad are believed to have been on the charm offensive to persuade him to leave Goodison Park.
Barkley is eager play in the Champions League and cement his place in the England side after being omitted from Sam Allardyce’s first squad.
The midfielder, who will play for Everton in their Premier League clash against Sunderland on Monday night, has been told by Koeman to use Allardyce’s snub as motivation to prove his ability to play for the national side.
“First, you have to look at yourself,” Koeman said. “Every manager will select the best players and the best team. And if you show, then you will be selected.
“Maybe Ross didn’t play his best match against Stoke when Sam Allardyce was in the stadium. But also what Sam mentioned is that Ross is on his list.
“You can’t point your finger at somebody else. You have to ask yourself what you can do better, what you need to improve to be selected. That’s how I think about football.”
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are keen on signing a second Crystal Palace attacker.