Mauricio Pochettino wants to convert Ross Barkley in to a central midfielder if he joins Tottenham, according to The Times.
Ronald Koeman has confirmed Barkley will almost certainly leave Everton by the end of the transfer window with the player “seeking a new challenge”.
Barkley has been primarily used in an advanced role over the last couple of years at Goodison Park.
But it is believed Pochettino would deploy Barkley in a deeper role, seeing him as a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele.
The Times claims Pochettino fears Dembele “will struggle to play at the highest level beyond his early thirties.”
Despite his forward-thinking role at Everton, Barkley is often seen coming deep to collect the ball and start attacks.
He has played in a deeper midfield role before, so the adjustment shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are also thought to be monitoring Barkley.
Spurs fans will be hopeful the 23-year-old has kept one eye on the development of other English players under the management of Pochettino.