Everton are close to agreeing a new contract with Ross Barkley, according to reports from the Sunday People.

The talented midfielder has been one of the stars of the season so far, with his fantastic performances helping the Toffees maintain a challenge for Champions League football.

As a result of his consistent form, a number of the division’s top sides have been linked with mega money moves for his signature.

Manchester United are thought to be the most interested of the ‘big boys’, while both Manchester City and Chelsea have also been linked with the 20-year-old.

However, Everton look set to tie their starlet down to a fresh contract in the coming weeks.

The Merseysiders are ready to hand him a huge pay rise to keep him at Goodison Park until 2018, and it is understood that Barkley is happy with the terms on offer.

The dynamic midfielder was subbed in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa, but it is thought that his quick return from a foot injury was a major factor in Roberto Martinez’s decision to haul him off.