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Everton hoping to secure permanent deal

Gareth Barry (Everton)Everton are already making plans to keep Gareth Barry at Goodison Park beyond his season-long loan, according to reports from The Sun.

The England international completed his temporary switch to Merseyside from Manchester City on deadline day, and has already become a key player under Roberto Martinez.

Barry was told on no uncertain terms that he has little future at the Etihad Stadium by Manuel Pellegrini, with the new Sky Blues coach having drafted in a number of midfield options over the summer.

This pushed through the move, which may help the 32-year-old to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Martinez has been impressed with Barry since his arrival, and is already keen to keep him beyond this season.

City are unlikely to put up much of a fight to bring the midfielder back to the club, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Everton are ready to offer him a new permanent home, despite his advancing years.

Meanwhile, defender Johnny Heitinga looks set to leave the club.

The Dutchman is desperate for first-team action and has slipped off of the radar with the Toffees.

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