By Harvey Byrne

BT pundit Don Hutchison has claimed that Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is in a strong position over Everton attacker Ross Barkley.

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the north London club as he enters the final year of his contract with the Toffees.

However, it is believed that there has not yet been any attempts made to take him from Goodison Park with the Mirror reporting that the Englishman is looking for as much as £150,000-a-week.

This has led to former Everton midfielder Hutchison commenting on his personal Twitter account on Monday that Barkley and his agent are playing the worst game of poker “ever seen” and that Levy has “got him by the nuts” in reference to his wage demands.

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Barkley was once considered one of England’s brightest talents after making his debut for the club six years a go in 2011.

But, he has so far struggled to live up to the billing and last season he saw himself out of both the Three Lions and Everton squad at times.

Manager Ronald Koeman has also told that he 100 per cent expects Barkley to exit Goodison Park this summer, meaning it is still possible that he could be adding to Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in the Tottenham squad ranks.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs are eyeing this 22-year-old PSG ace (not Aurier).

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