SPURS CHASE ROSS

Tot­ten­ham lead queue to sign Ever­ton star Barkley

Daily Mail - - International Football - By IAN LADYMAN Foot­ball Editor

TOT­TEN­HAM are at the front of the queue to sign Ross Barkley from Ever­ton this sum­mer. Ever­ton play­maker Barkley is back in the Eng­land squad this week af­ter hit­ting bril­liant form in the Premier League since the turn of the year. Long-time ad­mir­ers Tot­ten­ham have hard­ened their in­ter­est in the 23- year- old as he con­tin­ues to pre­var­i­cate over his fu­ture at Good­i­son Park.

Ever­ton want Barkley to ex­tend his con­tract as his cur­rent deal ex­pires at the end of next sea­son.

And al­though the Liver­pudlian is open to stay­ing at his boy­hood club, he said in a re­cent in­ter­view with Sports­mail colum­nist Jamie Red­knapp that his

am­bi­tion was to play in the Cham­pi­ons League and win tro­phies. Tot­ten­ham have tracked Barkley since he first broke into the Ever­ton team but have in the past har­boured slight doubts about his de­ci­sion-mak­ing and the speed with which he uses the ball. Man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino has also been un­sure whether Barkley could play in the same team as play­maker Dele Alli. But there is now a be­lief at White Hart Lane that Barkley has im­proved un­der the hard-line man­age­ment of Ron­ald Koe­man. Ever­ton boss Koe­man sug­gested last week that if Barkley didn’t ex­tend his deal, the club would have to sell him this sum­mer to pre­serve some por­tion of his value. Koe­man said: ‘He needs to sign a new con­tract or you sell the player.’

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