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30th Dec, 2016 | 8:06am

Report: Tottenham plan January raid for PL attacker, competition from Chelsea and Arsenal

By Dominic Toner

Tottenham are interested in signing Everton’s attacking midfielder Ross Barkley in January, according to a report.

The Telegraph claim that Spurs have been eyeing a summer bid for the 23-year-old, but are now keen on trying to secure the deal in January.

It is understood that Chelsea and Arsenal have also been monitoring the situation of Barkley, who has been publicly criticised by manager Ronald Koeman and dropped from the starting line-up.

The report details that Barkley is unlikely to make a decision until the end of the season, but Spurs feel Koeman may be tempted to sell for the right price.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are currently fifth-placed in the Premier League and are eyeing January reinforcements to aid their title bid.

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Barkley is a enduring a difficult campaign at Goodison Park and has scored just three goals and supplied two assists in 18 appearances.

The playmaker was regarded as England’s next big star a few years ago and he is yet to match the huge expectations.

He has not scored in the Premier League since October and has been benched by Koeman several times this season.

Barkley has made 158 senior appearances for the Merseyside club, scoring 24 goals and supplying 21 assists.

Football Insider verdict: 

Spurs must be careful they are not forced to pay over the odds for Barkley in January. The England international is currently enduring a difficult stage of his career and wouldn’t be involved in Spurs’ starting XI on current form. He still has huge potential and shows glimpses of his quality during games, but must start to deliver regularly. Pochettino could be the perfect manager to bring the best out of Barkley and he would join a strong English contingent at White Hart Lane. The north London club need to assess whether he would strengthen the current squad as they try to get back in the title race, or whether they should be looking at signing a more proven player capable of supplying an immediate impact.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter to reported interest in defender Pepe.