Sam Allardyce says he wants to keep Ross Barkley, but a deal for the England midfielder to leave Everton may already have been agreed.
Ross Barkley, whose contract expires at the end of the season, almost left the club for Chelsea in the summer but he u-turned on the move despite the clubs agreeing a £35m fee.
And, speaking after his first win yesterday, Allardyce said: “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. 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.”
Everton have previously offered Barkley a new contract to stay at the club, but it was widely reported he did not want to recommit.