By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino is not convinced that Ross Barkley is the answer to Tottenham’s search for a playmaker king this summer, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Spurs manager has been keeping close tabs on the Everton attacking midfielder “for months” and “still rates him highly”.
But Pochettino is also concerned that the 23-year-old “needs work” and is far from the finished article.
Barkley’s Everton future is up in the air after he was issued an ultimatum by manager Ronald Koeman to sign the contract he has been offered or to quit the club this summer.
Tottenham have been most strongly linked with the Goodison Park academy product, who has had a mixed season that has reached fresh peaks as well as new lows in which he has been publicly criticised by Koeman.
The Mail report that Pochettino is ready to turn his attention to re-signing Gylfi Sigurdsson three years after selling him to Swansea.
It is said that the Argentine regards the Iceland international as a cheaper alternative to Barkley and is weighing up a sensational £25million move.
Ironically, Everton have been trying to prise Sigurdsson from the Liberty Stadium since last summer and are prepared to splash the cash on assist king Sigurdsson and offer him wages of up to £140,000-a-week.
Sigurdsson has had an outstanding campaign, scoring nine goals and supplying 13 assists from 37 Premier League matches.
Only Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City has provided more assists in the Premier League in 2017-18 with his tally of 16.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a £21.5million striker who has ripped up a tough league this season has pushed for a massive move after Spurs agreed personal terms.