Everton 23-year-old set to miss contract deadline as PL rivals wait to pounce - reports
By Russell Edge
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is set to miss the deadline set by his manager for the player to commit to the club, according to a report.
The Telegraph claims that Everton boss Ronald Koeman told Barkley to commit himself to the Goodison Park side before the end of the season.
However they say that Barkley is set to ignore his manager’s requests and leave his future up in the air, with the London Evening Standard claiming that Tottenham are interested in securing a deal for the 23-year-old.
Barkley will be entering the final year of his contract at Goodison Park in the summer, so Koeman is keen to know where the midfielder intends to spend his future.
He has taken a hard stance on the England man’s situation, saying that he must sign the new contract or face being sold.
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The Telegraph quoted him as saying after their victory over Leicester: “If he doesn’t sign that contract, then we need to sell the player. It is simple.”
The 23-year-old has made 34 appearances in the league for the Toffees this season, scoring five goals.
The Dutch boss also faces a struggle to keep a hold of star man Romelu Lukaku, who rejected Everton’s offer of a new contract in March.
The big Belgian striker has two years remaining on his contract but has been tipped to leave this summer.
Lukaku has been in red hot form this season, leading the Premier League goal scoring chart with 24 goals in 35 appearances.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are looking into signing an international star.