Medical scheduled: Everton midfielder on verge of switch to PL rivals - Sky journalist
By Danny Wright
Gareth Barry is on the verge of ending his three-year long spell at Everton as he closes in on a move to West Brom, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports reporter Jim White claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday night that the 36-year-old midfielder is “close” to a move to the Hawthorns and could be taking part in a medical on Tuesday.
Source says Gareth Barry move to @WBA close – medical could be tomorrow.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) August 14, 2017
The Mail has previously reported that Everton’s Premier League rivals West Brom have been looking at Barry as a replacement for Darren Fletcher, who left for Stoke at the end of last season on a free transfer.
It was understood that the former Aston Villa and Manchester City man was to be offered a two-year deal at the Hawthorns and it now seems like he is about the become the Baggies’ fourth signing of the summer.
Barry was a key player in the Everton squad last season, making 34 appearances across all competitions and scoring two goals in the process.
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However after a spate of new arrivals at Goodison Park this summer, it appears that he may have lost his place in Ronald Koeman’s immediate first-team.
Football Insider Verdict
Barry has been a good servant at Everton and it’s only fair that Koeman lets him move on to continue earning first-team football. West Brom’s squad is pretty thin at the moment and the fact that 19-year-old Sam Field started for them against Bournemouth on the weekend shows that they need the extra bodies in midfield. Despite his age, Barry still looks like he has plenty to offer. He was a key part in helping Everton qualify for the Europa League last term and it is likely that he can continue that form back in the West Midlands with Albion. It’s been a quite summer for Tony Pulis, but there is perhaps going to be a flurry of activity at the Black Country club as transfer deadline day approaches.
In other Everton news, this Toffees goalkeeper has been ruled out of action until November after undergoing surgery.