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Tottenham set to rival Chelsea in pursuit of 23-year-old ace – report

Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern recently after seeing their side complete a memorable week with a much-needed but ultimately hard-fought 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men began the week with defeat at Manchester United but they soon put that to bed with a sensational 3-1 victory over European champions Real Madrid on Wednesday, a result which booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. And although they weren’t at their best against Roy Hodgson’s Eagles on Sunday, they got the all important three points thanks to Son Heung-min’s excellent strike midway through the second half, a result which sent them level on points with Jose Mourinho’s United in the Premier League table.

Thus, our resident Spurs fans have been in buoyant mood in the Tavern this week, and they are likely to be intrigued and perhaps encouraged by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which suggests that they will rival Chelsea for Everton’s Ross Barkley in January.

The 23-year-old has come up through the ranks at Goodison Park and gone on to play 179 games for the Toffees, in which time he has scored 27 goals and laid on 28 assists.

However, his future at the Merseyside outfit is far from certain given that he has yet to sign a new deal with the club, and with his current one set to expire at the end of the season, Everton could look to cash in on the England international in January to at least get a fee for his services.

And reports suggest that Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who Barkley reportedly turned down on deadline day, and Pochettino’s Spurs will seek a move for the midfielder, who could be looking at the exit door in a bid to bolster his flagging World Cup hopes.

But whether either side are indeed able to get a deal done for the 23-year-old very much remains to be seen.

Landlord’s verdict: Ross Barkley’s Everton future has been speculated upon for a while now, with former Toffees chief Ronald Koeman publicly making his feelings clear regarding his contract situation.

Now the Dutchman has gone, caretaker boss David Unsworth has made it plain that he wants the 23-year-old to stay, but with his contract up in the summer and no imminent sign of an extension, the Everton hierarchy may well be preparing for a January sale.

And that is sure to interest Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, who have been keeping tabs on Barkley for a while now, and may see the England international as the sort of player who can come in a seriously bolster their ranks.

Chelsea will rival Spurs for his signature in a transfer saga which may well rumble on once again during the January window.

Tottenham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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