By Will Butcher

Kevin Nolan believes a move from Everton to Tottenham would be a “great career move” for Ross Barkley.

The Evening Standard reported earlier this week that Mauricio Pochettino’s title-chasing side had made an approach for the 23-year-old.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, former Bolton and West Ham captain Nolan believes a move to Tottenham would only benefit the England international.

“I think he would fit in at Spurs,” Nolan said. “It’ll be interesting to find out what happens. If that bid does come in, it would be a positive move for Ross.

“He feels the pressure of being a local boy, you feel it a lot more when you’re local. For him to get out and go to Tottenham, I think it would be a great career move.”

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Everton’s number eight has struggled to make an impact on Merseyside this season, as the Toffees fail to find any kind of consistency under manager Ronald Koeman.

The academy graduate has failed to make an England squad since Euro 2016, and could look to move to keep his Three Lions hopes alive.

With 18 months left on his current deal, Everton could look to cash in on their playmaker instead of losing him on a free in the future.

This season, Barkley has managed just three goals in his 16 league and cup appearances as Everton sit in eighth.

Barkley has featured 156 times since his debut back in August 2011 during a 1-0 loss at Goodison Park to QPR. He has scored 24 times in a blue shirt, but could now be set to leave his boyhood club.

In other Everton news, here are three reasons why the Toffees should sign this available Premier League attacker.