By Aramide Oladipo
Tottenham have received a massive blow in their bid to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley this summer, according to a report.
The Times claims that the 23-year-old could potentially be ruled out of action for up to 12 weeks due to a hamstring injury.
The newspaper reports that the Merseyside club are convinced that the dynamic midfielder will need to undergo surgery which is set to complicate any deal that the Spurs target depart Goodison Park this summer.
The report claims that the Liverpudlian suffered the setback last week whilst he was recovering from surgery on a hernia injury which has disrupted his pre-season preparations.
It is said that Barkley might not be able to back to full fitness until the new year.
The Toffees are reportedly not willing to sell the midfielder for anything less than £50million this summer with Premier League champions Chelsea are also competing with Spurs for his signature.
Spurs have still not signed any new players during the summer transfer window but they still managed to get off to a fine start to the new league campaign with a 2-0 victory away at Newcastle United.
Barkley currently has one year remaining on his contract at Goodison Park.
Football Insider verdict
All parties involved will be desperate to find a solution as quickly as possible. Everton boss Ronald Koeman appears to have lost faith in the midfielder and following the arrival of attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, it seems that Barkley will struggle for minutes on the pitch regardless of his recent setback. The Englishman is a fine talent but even in this transfer window, £50million is far too much money for a player who has yet to fulfil his true potential in the Premier League. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Spurs decide to look abroad for alternative midfield options who could be available for a cheaper price.
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