By Laura O'Leary

3rd Dec, 2017 | 12:34pm

Allardyce drops Barkley bombshell after stating he wants him back in Everton team

Sam Allardyce has revealed that he would love to keep Ross Barkley at Everton but admitted the deal for him to leave may have already been done.

The new Toffees boss spoke with Sky Sports after winning his first game in charge against Huddersfield Town, and gave an update on the future of the midfielder.

“I’d like to think we can keep Barkley, unless somebody’s already done a deal for him,” said the 63-year-old.

The former England manager continued talking about the 23-year-old, sharing that he would be “delighted” to have him stay at the club but added he wants to focus on just getting him back in the team and taking it from there.

The 23-year-old midfielder has not played for Everton this season due a hamstring injury that he suffered in pre-season training.

Last season, the midfielder was ever present for the Toffees in the Premier League and scored eight goals to help the club finish seventh in the table, which saw them qualify for the Europa League.

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The midfielder’s performance saw him attract interest from Tottenham and Chelsea, with the star reportedly refusing a move to the Blues on transfer deadline-day as he wanted to move to Spurs.

Former manager Ronald Koeman confirmed in July that the midfielder was set to leave Goodison Park as he was looking for a new challenge after rejecting a new contract at the club.

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