By Harvey Byrne

Tottenham are currently weighing up whether to delay a move for Everton’s Ross Barkley beyond the current transfer window due concerns over his fitness, according to a report.

The Times claimed that Spurs were battling London rivals and Premier League champions Chelsea for Barkley and that the Blues held talks with the Toffees in the wake of their Sunday clash at Stamford Bridge.

But, in an update the Evening Standard have claimed via their website that Spurs are uncertain whether to try and sign the 23-year-old before Thursday’s transfer deadline, or to risk him joining another club with the hope that he will have returned to fitness by January.

However, Barkley is very much sought-after due to his contract expiring next summer, causing Tottenham a problem with just over 48 hours of the transfer window remaining.

The dazzling English attacker has not made an appearance for Ronald Koeman’s side yet this season due to a hamstring injury which he is expected to undergo surgery for and spend three months on the sidelines.

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There have also been no developments over a new contract at Goodison Park and it is now looking to be a case on whether Tottenham or Chelsea move first.

Football Insider verdict:

Barkley is a talented player, but he is not better than Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen and while Tottenham will be disappointed with him sitting out on the sidelines if he does sign they could then grow further annoyed by his displays on the pitch. The Englishman was once considered one of the country’s brightest prospects, but he has not yet shown the consistency to be able to earn that tag. Now, Tottenham themselves may be reluctant to splash out on a further attacker given last season’s flops with Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen and Spurs may be better off avoiding Barkley for now.

In other Tottenham transfer news, a Premier League striker admired by Pochettino is interested in making the switch to Spurs.

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