Updates on Tottenham's attempts to sign Everton's Ross Barkley

New Everton signing Wayne Rooney says he wants Barkley to stay at the club

New Everton signing Wayne Rooney says he wants Barkley to stay at the club

Ronald Koeman has reportedly lost patience with Barkley, and may sell for £30m with just one year on the midfielder's contract remaining.

Given how strong Spurs' starting XI is, it is hard to work out exactly where Barkley would fit in if he joined but perhaps Pochettino has plans to move him into a similar role to that now occupied by Mousa Dembele.

Spurs saw Kyle Walker depart for Manchester City this week with his sizeable fee likely to be added to the transfer coffers this summer with the club yet to make a major signing.

Everton boss Koeman said that Martina's versatility was a big factor in making a move for the former Feyenoord youth player.

But the Londoners' offer for the England global is unlikely to find favour, with the Sunday Mirror claiming they will not meet the Blues' own valuation.

Ronald Koeman has said Barkley will be sold if he does not sign a new deal
Ronald Koeman has said Barkley will be sold if he does not sign a new deal

Everton have been particularly active in the close season transfer window. Scared silly at the prospect of losing the highly touted midfielder when his contract ends for what amounts to zilch in comparison, Everton are finally succumbing to Tottenham's ruthless - yet fair - negotiation, or lack their of, tactics.

This is, no matter how you slice it, great news for Tottenham. Unfortunately, it does not look like that's going to happen, to the detriment of the team that taught him everything he knows.

"I brought the player to Southampton, so I know what he can do for us here and this is why I've now brought him to Everton".

Neither Roberto Martinez nor Ronald Koeman were able to find a position for Barkley in which he consistently excelled beyond a few games at a time, but Pochettino has been a master of interpreting how best to utilise his players. Barkley is also an Englishman, a mouthwatering proposition for all English supporters.

Tottenham's reported interest in Ross Barkley has been a thing for a long time.