Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to step up their interest in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, with the Toffees now willing to compromise on their £50million price tag according to the Independent.

Barkley has just one year left on his contract at Goodison Park and is now set to sign a new one. Everton are keen to cash in on him now to avoid losing him for free next summer.

So far Tottenham and Everton have been unable to agree a fee for Barkley, with Everton wanting to hold out for £50million but Tottenham’s board arguing that this is an unrealistic fee for someone in their last year of their contract.

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After already completing the signing of attacking midfielder Davy Klaasen and also working hard on a deal to take Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, Everton look likely to compromise with Spurs over the fee for Barkley in the coming weeks.

Mauricio Pochettino is a long term admirer or Barkley and believes he can get the most out of the England international.

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