Ross Barkley will have to accept a smaller salary than Everton have offered if he is to join Tottenham, according to reports.
The midfielder is expected to leave Everton in the coming weeks after refusing to sign a new deal at the end of last season.
Last week, Toffees manager Ronald Koeman all but confirmed Barkley will leave Everton in the current transfer window.
Spurs have been heavily linked, but a deal is being held up because of Barkley’s wage demands.
According to The Mirror, Everton offered the 23-year-old a weekly wage of £120,000. Tottenham are not willing to pay Barkley that amount.
Reliable Spurs journalists Ben Pearce and Dan Kilpatrick also claim the deal has stalled because of the wage issue as well as Everton refusing to budge on their valuation of the player.
#thfc Spurs are interested in Barkley but his wage demands (I’ve heard around 140k p/w) & Everton’s asking price preventing a deal right now
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) July 30, 2017
#thfc On Ross Barkley: There is interest from Spurs but no talks at the moment due to fee and wages.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) July 30, 2017
Barkley would be a useful addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, but Tottenham must consider how much that usefulness is worth.