By Russell Edge
Tottenham will continue their pursuit of Everton’s Ross Barkley in January in what will otherwise be a quiet transfer window, according to a journalist.
Alasdair Gold, the Tottenham reporter for football news website football.london, claimed in a Q&A hosted on the site that Spurs would not be looking to splash the cash in the winter market, but would look to secure the services of Barkley.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were heavily linked with a move for the Everton man over the summer, and with the 23-year-old’s contract set to expire in the summer of 2018, the Toffees face a fight to keep a hold of him.
Gold states that Barkley is keen of a move to North London, although he is yet to appear this season after being ruled out with a hamstring injury picked up back in August.
He has made 179 appearances for Everton across all competitions, scoring 21 times and picking up 21 assists, while he has also earned 22 caps and two goals for England.
Football Insider verdict
Tottenham’s persistence in their pursuit of Ross Barkley is likely to pay off, and it appears to be a matter of when, not if, he links up with Pochettino’s squad. The fact his contract expires next summer has put Spurs in control over Everton, and if the Toffees want to play hardball then the Lilywhites will just wait until summer when they can snap him up on a free. Whether it is a good move for Spurs or not awaits to be seen, with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and eventually Erik Lamela all fighting for the same role. Still, Barkley linking up with fellow England stars Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier would only be a good thing for the Three Lions.
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