Odds slashed: Tottenham installed huge favourites to sign PL ace after wave of bets
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have been installed strong favourites to sign Everton playmaker Ross Barkley this summer, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Sky Bet priced the Premier League flyers at 6/5 on Friday morning to land the attacking midfielder, who could be available within weeks due to his contract situation.
Tottenham are placed a long way ahead of rival clubs in the betting, with the nearest placed being Manchester United at 9/1, followed by Manchester City (11/1), Arsenal (14/1) and Chelsea (18/1).
This comes after Spurs were 3/1 with bookmakers earlier in the week to sign Barkley.
The dramatic change in the odds will mean there has been a wave of bets that the 23-year-old is heading to White Hart Lane.
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It comes after Everton manager Ronald Koeman issued Barkley with a public ultimatum on Thursday to decide within the next week if he will sign a new contract with the club.
The Dutchman is getting impatient with the Goodison Park academy product after months of talks over a new deal.
Koeman insisted that a contract offer is on the table to replace his current deal, which expires in 12 months, and Everton will not increase it.
“Time for him to decide because the board is already working a long time to sign Ross for a longer period,” Koeman said, as quoted by the Telegraph.
“It is up to the player because we won’t wait until August. It needs to be next week, because if we go for a holiday we need to know if we need to sell the player.”