Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley has been told that he must lower his wage demands if he desires a January move to Tottenham, according former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.
Barkley, who is out of contract Everton at the end of the season, was heavily linked with both Tottenham and Chelsea in the summer, almost signing for the blues before a change of heart at the last minute.
Ronald Koeman was also willing to let Barkley leave, after the talented midfielder rejected a new contract offer, but any deal failed to materialise.
Barkley has not played at all for Everton this season, due to a hamstring injury, and is out until the New Year.
With January fast approaching rumours are gathering pace and once again Spurs are being linked with the 23-year-old ahead of the winter transfer window and he is likely to cost significantly less than he would have in the summer as his current Everton deal nears its conclusion.
ESPN pundit and former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop says Barkley needs to get off his “high horse” and must not expect to be one of the highest paid if he wants his supposedly desired move to Tottenham.
“Well, I think it’s possible,” Hislop said of Barkley moving to north London.“He’s got to step down from what was reportedly his wage demands in the summer.
“He was widely touted to make a move in the summer but he wanted to be the highest paid midfield player on Spurs’ books, that’s not going to happen.”
It is certainly an interesting viewpoint from the former Newcastle stopper. Would Barkley be worth it?, high wages and all. And if we were to sign him and pay him at the same rate as the top earners would that cause disharmony within the squad as others may feel upset about what Barkley might potentially earn and thus demand parity. Let us know your thoughts.