Everton supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern have sat up and taken notice as Sky Sports report that Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry could join the Toffees on loan for the season.
The 32-year-old England international has not yet featured for City this term and with Manuel Pellegrini adding several new options in midfield at the Etihad Stadium, his future with the Citizens looks bleak.
A move to join up with Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park could be a suitable short-term deal for the former Aston Villa man with Barry eager to win back his place in the Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.
Arsenal and his former club Villa have been linked as possible destinations for Barry this summer, as he looks to gain regular football and the Toffees are now leading the chase for his signature in a potential loan deal, although his £90,000-a-week wages are proving a stumbling point.
Pellegrini has reportedly told Barry that he remains in his plans at Eastlands and he will have a chance to break into the first team but with the midfielder keen to gain regular playing time in an important season, a possible move to join up with Martinez at Everton could suit all parties.
Everton could yet lose key player Marouane Fellaini to former manager David Moyes at Manchester United and Barry could act as as possible replacement for the Belgian international.