By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are confident of signing Ross Barkley from Everton before the summer window shuts, according to Bleacher Report.
The sports site claim Spurs are in pole position to land the playmaker after Toffees manager Ronald Koeman revealed on Wednesday that the playmaker has told him he wants to quit Goodison Park.
Everton have slapped a £50million price tag on their academy product, 23, even though he is out of contract next summer.
Bleacher Report state that Spurs are of the belief they will “seal a deal for Barkley at a good price” as the likelihood grows that he will become available for under £30million towards the end of the window.
There is also interest in the England international from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal but White Hart Lane manager Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer and is keen to make him part of his young and vibrant side.
Barkley has made his intentions clear after snubbing Everton’s offer of a new contract to replace his current deal.
“He told me he’s looking for a new challenge,” said Koeman on Wednesday.
The attacker was dropped from the Toffees’ starting line-up by Koeman on a few occasions last season but still returned five goals and nine assists in 36 Premier League appearances.
Football Insider verdict:
Koeman has stated the obvious by publicly confirming that contract rebel Barkley wants out. The question is, where is he heading? And, how much will it cost to get him? £50m is a fantasy figure for a player of immense potential but little consistency and who has entered the final year of his contract. Everton will want a bidding war, but is the England international good enough to warrant one? Spurs appear to be biding their time, but Koeman’s public statement could be enough to get them back to the negotiating table. A £30m deal would be a smart one for a club of ambition and patience. Barkley still has plenty of time on his side.
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