By Wayne Veysey

10th Apr, 2017 | 8:27am

Simon Jordan slams Koeman for handling of critical Everton transfer issue

By Harry Sykes

Simon Jordan has slammed Ronald Koeman for his handling of the Ross Barkley contract stand-off with Everton.

The midfielder, outstanding in Everton’s 4-2 Premier League win over Leicester on Sunday, has 12 months left on a deal reported to be worth £60,000-a-week.

Manager Koeman appears to be losing patience with the 23-year-old’s reluctance to commit after being offered a new deal last season and issued him with the ultimatum on Sunday of signing the contract or the table or being sold in the forthcoming transfer window.

Outspoken former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan, who had his fair share of testing player contract situations during his decade in charge, was unimpressed with Koeman’s handling of the matter.

“I’m not really for that because if you are really going to issue an ultimatum and somehow or another you pull away from it at a later stage because it doesn’t suit you, you really damage you credibility across the dressing room,” Jordan told the Alan Brazil Sport’s Breakfast Show on talkSPORT on Monday.

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“Barkley hasn’t set the world alight, it’s all about potential with this guy and Koeman is probably right but he has got to be prepared to pay the flip-side, which if he’s not going to sign then he has to move him along because he’s said he’s going to.”

Koeman had raised the strong possibility that £30million-rated Barkley will be sold at the end of the season rather than risk moving for a compensation fee 12 months later.

“We offer him a new contract and there are two possibilities,” warned Koeman on Sunday. :One is sign. If he doesn’t, we need to sell the player. It is simple. It’s not so difficult in my opinion.”

Any admirers of Everton academy product Barkley would have been encouraged by his performance at Goodison Park on Sunday, though he was not alone in impressing in a home shirt.

Leicester went 2-1 up after 10 minutes but a Romelu Lukaku double and goals from Davies and Phil Jagielka secured the three points for the hosts.

“We try to keep the best players,” Koeman added. “We spoke a lot about Ross and Rom because they are really important. Most of the time the quality of the players can be the difference between Everton and the opponent, and they played really well.

“We know Rom is a great finisher but Ross played really good football between the lines. I think he should have scored one but it is what you like to see – your best players performing like they showed because they played outstanding, the whole team performance was outstanding.

“You need those kind of players on their top level because they make differences and that’s what we like.”

Everton’s win drew them level on points with Arsenal (54), although Arsene Wenger’s side have three matches in hand, including Monday’s clash against Crystal Palace, and a superior goal difference.

The Toffees are seventh in the league, seven points adrift of Manchester City in fourth.

In other Everton transfer news, the club are close to reaching an agreement to sign a brilliant striker.

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