The Toffees are keen to lure the veteran midfielder to Goodison Park on a season-long loan to boost their midfield options.
However, it was thought that the 32-year-old’s earnings – estimated to be in the region of £100,000-per-week – could scupper any deal.
Everton would have been unable to make him an offer anywhere near that figure, but it has emerged that Barry is ready to significantly lower his weekly wage.
The ex-Aston Villa man is desperate to secure regular first-team football – something that is unlikely to happen at City under Manuel Pellegrini – in the build up to the 2014 World Cup.
Barry is keen to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s England plans, and is hopeful that he can do that with strong performances for the Merseysiders.
Roberto Martinez is keen to bolster his midfield options at Goodison Park, and believes that Barry’s experience could be vital in mounting a push for European qualification.
Meanwhile, Everton are also keen on Wigan’s James McCarthy.
The Irish midfielder has been on Martinez’s radar for much of the summer, but the Spaniard will have to fight off interest from Newcastle to conclude a deal.
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