REDS MUST UP BARMBY BID
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
26-year-old Barmby rocked Everton with the news that he favoured the short trip from Goodison to local rivals Liverpool - but The Toffees will not allow the forward to move for less than their valuation of him and are keen to recoup much of the £5.75 million that they paid for the star.
However, with just a year left on his contract at the club, manager Walter Smith is aware that the player's value will drop as clubs decide to wait for him to become available on a free-transfer.
An Everton spokesman said: "Liverpool indicated the level of offer they were prepared to offer they were prepared to make and that was rejected by the board of Everton Football Club."
Barmby moved to Everton in 1996 from Middlesbrough, and the 26-year-old who first burst onto the scene with Spurs has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Merseyside club - scoring 24 times in the process.
The past season saw Barmby finally find his scoring touch, notching up an impressive hat-trick against West Ham United in his team's 4-0 victory at Upton Park, and reaching double figures for the season.