It seems a long time ago now that Spurs were linked with Brighton and Hove Albion’s youth player Gareth Barry but some sixteen years later, it’s being rumoured that the club are looking at a £4m deal to take the 32 year old from the fringes of the Manchester City squad to White Hart Lane.

Barry has just a year left on his current deal so is at that dangerous time when owner clubs have to make a decision to sell or offer a new contract moving forward. It’s actually a little unfair to describe him as an ‘outcast’ here because the player made 41 appearances for City last season – 31 in the league – but will the new coach make him one of the first choices on the team sheet?

Financially you can see where the link makes sense: The quoted fee for Barry is in the region of £4m while Inter Milan have supposedly put a £21m price tag on another alleged target, Fredy Guarin.

But with Mousa Dembele filling the left sided defensive midfielder slot, is there any point? Barry is versatile and has been known to play at left back or even on the left side of central defence but it’s hard to see the England international getting any more game time than he does now.

Another factor is that at 32 Barry is the same age as Scott Parker, a man whom the club are supposedly looking to offload as he’s past it.



  1. I was going to take issue with your, ‘outcast,’ headline comment but you redeemed yourself. I’m a City fan and Barry has been a good, consistent player for us who offers some good steel in the midfield. He’s definitely an unsung hero.

    • Maybe the first time I agree with you, Ak.

      We have ‘good’ players, if we add to the squad then I’d like to put money in getting a Strootman -type player — otherwise keep our faith in Parker and such.

  2. nothing says settling for 5th again like signing gareth barry, after all the big names we have been linked to already this summer this is the only one that I can see happening. I will be absolutely mortified if it goes through, parker had a very mediocre season but was still miles better than this guy! in our win over city the only time barry was mentioned was to point out that he was doing his laces up during the build up to one of our goals…and he’s hardly set the international stage alight either

  3. No no not Barry I’d rather see Scott or Jake than Barry why can’t we buy some class like Bernard

    What a player, Levy spend the dosh and get a player that the Spurs fans would love to watch he’s cheeky like Gazza he’s got quick feet he can turn defenders with ease and if you watch the videos of him check out his vision of a pass and of the players runs he picks them out like Ginola. As a big Spurs fan seeing players like Gazza, Ginola, Ardillas, and the like is what we’re all about. Just think Bernard and Bale
    Brilliant and Beautiful football that’s my Spurs all over
    Come on you SPURS

    • exactly! why is there no one like you on the spurs board! I understand that he is cautious with his money which bodes well for the stability of the club but ultimately you get what you pay for and I would much rather see a large sum spent on bernard or similar than the same amount spent on 5 or 6 squad players


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