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.