Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshir has revealed what Tottenham Hotspur target Ross Barkley has decided to do with his immediate future at the club.
The 23-year-old had been linked with Spurs all summer, with Mauricio Pochettino a big admirer of the England international and Barkley reportedly keen to join the north Londoners.
However, Tottenham were unable to come to a compromise with the Toffees over a fee for the player.
Chelsea were able to agreed a deal for the player, but Moshir explained what happened next.
“We agreed a deal for £35m and personal terms were agreed. After the medical we heard from Paul Martin, Ross Barkley’s agent that he changed his mind,” he told Sky Sports News.
“He wanted to reconsider his position during the January window, that is the latest we have been advised.
“He is currently injured, I think technically he will be with us because he is with us for another year. So I think it is a big surprise, but that is football.”
Spurs are expected to return with a bid for Barkley in January when the player will have just six months left of his current contract.
He is currently injured with a damaged hamstring and is expected to miss a couple of months of action, so would only have recently returned when January comes around.
Alternatively Barkley could wait until the summer and leave for a much smaller compensation cost rather than a big transfer fee.
Tottenham Hotspur also failed to bring in their attempts to bring Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes to north London.
Spurs had seemed to be the favourites to bring the 24-year-old Portugal international to the club, ahead of local rivals West Ham.
However, football.london understands that the move is now off the table as Barcelona would need to replace the midfielder before any loan or sale could be made and were not prepared to do business on Thursday evening.
Although the Spanish transfer window closes on Friday, Barcelona chose not to gamble on losing the player without another midfielder already being lined up. The Catalan giants’ own attempts to sign Jean-Michael Seri from Nice fell through this week.
Tottenham were able to sign PSG right-back Serge Aurier on deadline day with Swansea striker Fernando Llorente set to sign ahead of the deadline.