Tottenham and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in January, according to reports.
Barkley very nearly joined Chelsea on deadline day, but reports emerged that the 23-year-old pulled out of the deal at the last minute as he would prefer a move to Spurs.
Both outlets suggest Mauricio Pochettino wants to play Barkley in central midfield next to Eric Dier.
Doing so would boost the midfielder’s chances of earning a place in the England squad for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Barkley is out contract at the end of the season, but Everton will still apparently command a fee of around £20 million.
I think he’d be a very useful signing, particularly when you consider Mousa Dembele’s injury troubles. He could also provide cover for the more attacking midfielders such as Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.