Medical underway: Everton agree terms of enforcer deal - reliable journalist
By Harry Sykes
Gareth Barry is undergoing a medical at West Brom after agreeing the terms of a deal that will end his four-year Everton spell, according to a reliable journalist.
Express and Star correspondent Matt Wilson claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that the veteran midfield enforcer is on the verge of a transfer to the Baggies.
— Matt Wilson (@mattwilson_star) August 15, 2017
Manager Tony Pulis has been keen to recruit an experienced operator in central midfield after Darren Fletcher left for Stoke at the end of last season on a free transfer.
The 36-year-old is poised to complete his move before this Saturday’s trip to Burnley to become the third major signing for Albion this summer. and the fifth in total.
Barry made 34 appearances across all competitions for Everton last season but was on the fringes in the second half of the campaign following the January arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin and the stunning emergence of Tom Davies.
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Former Aston Villa midfielder Barry has 628 Premier League appearances under his belt, and needs to play just five more games to overtake Ryan Giggs at the top of the league’s all-time appearance charts.
Football Insider Verdict
Barry hardly represents a signing for the future and his impending arrival reeks of short-termism. But Pulis’ brief is to keep the Baggies in the Premier League and the canny operator knows the ex-England man can help achieve that aim. 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 knows the ropes in a way few can match and what he lacks in mobility he makes up for in speed of thought. Expect him to be a key man for the Baggies this season.
In other Everton news, this Toffees goalkeeper has been ruled out of action until November after undergoing surgery.