By Derek Smithson
Tottenham are lining up another push to sign Ross Barkley as Everton are prepared to reach a compromise, according to a report.
The Independent claim that Spurs will make another move to secure the 23-year-old midfielder, who is highly rated by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
It is understood that the two Premier League clubs have been far away from agreeing a deal for the English playmaker and that Everton’s £50million valuation has been viewed as “unrealistic” by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
However, the report details that both sides are keen on a deal as the Toffees try to cash in on a player who has just one year remaining on his contract at Goodison Park.
It is believed that Everton will compromise a deal “in the coming weeks” with Spurs after already signing attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen from Ajax.
Spurs have widely reported as suitors for Barkley recently and it appears a move could be back on the cards.
Mauricio Pochettino is yet to bring in any new signings in the summer window, but has seen Kyle Walker, Clinton N’Jie and Federico Fazio all leave.
Barkley was in good form last season for Ronald Koeman’s side, scoring nine goals and supplying nine assists in return.
He usually plays in the number 10 role and struck up a good partnership alongside Romelu Lukaku, but Everton supporters have always felt he is not reaching his best.
Football Insider verdict:
Barkley has been frequently linked with a move to Spurs and a potential arrival has divided fans. However, the 23-year-old is still continuing his development and they should trust the judgement of their manager Pochettino. He has a knack of getting the best out of his players and Barkley certainly still has more potential to fulfil. The attacking midfielder would fit the system for Spurs and give them extra ammunition going forward. He was once mentioned as being the next big thing for the national team and a move to Spurs could help him reignite his stuttering England career.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they are lining up a move for a 25-year-old with a £39.4million release clause.