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Tottenham to wait for Everton's Ross Barkley transfer fee to lower

Ross Barkley reacts following Leicester's second goal at Goodison Park
Image: Ross Barkley is Spurs' first-choice target at number 10 this summer

Tottenham are prepared to wait for Everton to lower their asking price for Ross Barkley as the transfer window progresses, according to Sky sources.

Spurs are concentrating their early efforts in the market on a replacement right-back for Kyle Walker, should he leave for Manchester City, and a new No 10 - with Barkley their top target.

Sky sources understand Everton value the 23-year-old at £50m, despite Barkley having only a year left on his contract and indicating he will not sign a new one this summer.

S  Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur directs his players during the Premier League match between West Ham United
Image: Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is interested in signing Barkley this summer

Though Spurs have baulked at the fee, their interest in Barkley will remain until the deadline. However, it is understood the north London club will not rule out moving for a different target should an attractive deal present itself.

National newspapers have reported that Arsenal are also interested in Barkley this summer.

Tom Davies celebrates with team-mate Ross Barkley after scoring Everton's third goal against Manchester City  in January
Image: Ross Barkley has scored 27 goals in over 175 appearances for Everton

The England international made 39 appearances and scored six goals for Everton last season, but was accused of inconsistency by manager Ronald Koeman.

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Barkley is a product of the Toffees' academy, making his debut in 2011, and has made over 175 appearances, scoring 27 goals.

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