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Tottenham Transfer News: Ross Barkley Wants Spurs Move in Latest Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2017

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15:  Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his team's second goal to make the score 2-1 during the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on April 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is reportedly ready to reject another approach from Chelsea and move to Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.

According to John Richardson of the Sunday Mirror, the England international would prefer a switch to Spurs over the Premier League champions, having turned down the chance to join Chelsea on the final day of the summer transfer window.

"Sunday Mirror Sport understands that the player has now got his heart set on joining up with Mauricio Pochettino," Richardson wrote. "If Everton dig their heels in then Tottenham will wait until the summer, when Barkley would be free to move with the fee being decided by a tribunal."

Amid reports he had a medical with Chelsea, Barkley gave an update on his future via social media, insisting he did not undergo any test with the Blues:

Ross Barkley @RBarkley20

Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point.

Ross Barkley @RBarkley20

I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit

Per Richardson, given Barkley is sidelined with a hamstring injury, he faces a "lonely battle" back to full fitness, with his time with the Toffees seemingly at an end.

It's a sad situation for all associated with the Merseyside club. After all, Barkley emerged from the Everton academy to take his place in the senior side; in the 2013-14 campaign, he made a major breakthrough under Roberto Martinez.

Since that season, he's failed to kick on. Aside from a stint in early 2017 under incumbent boss Ronald Koeman, Barkley has found it hard to build momentum. With a new contract offer from the Toffees turned down, it appears he needs to move elsewhere to progress.

Journalist Chris Smith suggested Spurs may not necessarily be the right destination for him, though:

Chris Smith @cdsmith789

If Barkley moves to Spurs in January, there's a reasonable chance he will join a side in the Europa League struggling to make the top 4.

Pochettino would surely relish the chance to work alongside someone like Barkley at this stage in his career.

There are facets of his game that, if channelled correctly, would be a huge asset to any team. Barkley can commit defenders, pick passes and has a knack of finding space in the final third. They are inherent traits that few footballers possess.

Barkley may benefit from Pochettino's influence.
Barkley may benefit from Pochettino's influence.Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

What he needs to do is find some regularity in terms of work rate and concentration. Those are aspects players like Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Danny Rose have all made major strides in while working with the Tottenham manager.

Goal's Harry Sherlock suggested earlier this year that Pochettino would be an ideal mentor for the Everton star:

Harry Sherlock @Harry_Sherlock

Really feel like Mauricio Pochettino would work wonders on Ross Barkley.

By running down his contract and potentially costing his boyhood club a significant amount of money, Barkley is unlikely to be popular among the Everton fanbase. By signing players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen, however, it appears Koeman has already pressed ahead without Barkley in mind.

At 23, whatever decision the Everton man makes regarding his future will be important. Should things fail to work out at Spurs, Chelsea or elsewhere, it's tough to envisage him making good on the excellent potential he showcased at an early age.

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