Everton are finally willing to negotiate a lower fee than their initial £50 million valuation for Tottenham target Ross Barkley, according to The Independent.
But The Daily Mail claims Spurs have cooled their interest in the midfielder with Everton still refusing to budge on their huge asking price.
The Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke, usually reliable when it comes to Tottenham stories, suggests Spurs have stepped up their interest in Barkley since there is a chance to sign him for a more realistic fee.
Everton don’t want to lose the 23-year-old for compensation in 12 months time, so the Merseysiders are apparently keen to get a deal done this summer.
But Simon Jones at the Mail contends that Tottenham have been put off not only by Everton’s valuation, but the player’s £120,000-a-week wage demands.
There’s no way Spurs will make Barkley their top earner, so he will have to settle for a considerably lower salary.
Unfortunately, it seems this one is almost certain to drag on until the end of the transfer window.