By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham have made a sensational approach for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, according to a report.
The Evening Standard has claimed that the north London club have made a “tentative enquiry” about the 23-year-old.
The attacking midfielder has struggled under Ronald Koeman this campaign, while his £60,000-a-week contract is due to run out at the end of next season.
However, it is claimed that £35million would need to be offered by Spurs, while it would also be difficult to strike a deal in January.
Mauricio Pochettino may be seeking attacking reinforcements for the future given the club’s over-reliance on star striker Harry Kane for goals.
The Argentine added three forward players in the summer in Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, but they have all struggled at the north London club so far.
Meanwhile, Barkley has also struggled to find his usual high standards this campaign with just three goals and two assists for Everton from his attacking midfield position.
The attacker has been in and out of the Toffees team under Koeman, while he has also been dropped from the England national team.
He was once considered a very bright prospect and Pochettino may believe he can pull out the best in him.
Football Insider verdict:
Barkley was once very sought after by England’s biggest clubs and if any manager is able to help him rediscover his form then it will be Pochettino. The Argentine boss has a good history of working with young players and attacking midfield starlet Dele Alli was one of the stars of the Premier League last season. There is no doubt that Barkley has the talent to succeed in England, but his style of play may just not suit Koeman’s tactics. Additionally, Everton have been off the boil for more than a year now and that could be having an effect on Barkley’s play. A move to a more successful side may help him become one of the best attackers in the league again and Tottenham are currently lacking a player of his ability. Therefore, it is a perfect match for the club and player.
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