New Everton boss Sam Allardyce says he wants to keep Ross Barkley but a deal for the England midfielder to leave Goodison Park may already have been agreed.
An article by Sky Sports says Barkley, whose contract expires at the end of the season, almost left the club for Chelsea in the summer but he made an eleventh hour u-turn despite a fee being agreed.
It adds that we have also have a long-term interest in the 23-year-old and Sky Sports News reported in the summer that we were prepared to wait until January to land the player.
After the win over Huddersfield toffees supremo Allardyce told Sky Sports: “I’d like to think we can keep Barkley, unless somebody’s already done a deal for him.
“I am not daft enough to know in this game that those words and phone calls might not have already gone on.
He added: “If we could get Ross Barkley to stay then nobody would be more delighted than me. Whether that is a possibility I do not know.
“For me it’s about getting him back in the squad first and seeing where we are from there.”
The article adds that Everton have previously offered Barkley a new contract to stay at the club at which he broke through from the academy, but it was widely reported he did not want to recommit, adding that Barkley has not played for the Toffees since May, having torn his hamstring in pre-season training.
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