Keegan heads race for Barmby
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barmby has struggled with injuries since his controversial move across Stanley Park from Everton, but it now looks as though he is not in Houllier's plans for the future and will be forced to move on during the summer.
Kevin Keegan's signing of Peter Schmeichel and his attempt to land German Stefan Effenberg has already signalled his intentions to make an impact on The Premiership, and wants Barmby to add to his squad.
Keegan was an admirer of the former Tottenham and Middlesbrough during his days in charge of England and would love the goal-scoring midfielder in his squad.
The 28-year-old has been coveted by his old clubs Spurs and Boro, although Sunderland boss Peter Reid would also like to add Barmby's goals to his side.
Glenn Hoddle is trying to add Barmby to Jamie Redknapp at White Hart Lane but it is thought that Barmby would prefer to stay in the north for the sake of his family.
Keegan remains in the driving seat for Barmby, although Hoddle has not given up hope of luring him back to his old club.