New Everton manager Sam Allardyce has suggested Ross Barkley may have already agreed a deal with another club.
Barkley very nearly joined Chelsea on deadline day but decided to remain with Everton and make decision about his future in January with his contract due to expire next summer.
Tottenham have been heavily linked with the midfielder, and Mauricio Pochettino is expected to make a move for him in January.
Following Everton’s win over Huddersfield on Saturday, Allardyce said: “I’d like to think we can keep Barkley, unless somebody’s already done a deal for him.
“I am not daft enough to know in this game that those words and phone calls might not have already gone on.