Gareth Barry

City's Gareth Barry

This was reported by the Daily Star last month, with the tabloid insisting that a £4million bid was imminent for the 32-year-old:

“Tottenham are preparing a £4m move for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, 32, to replace Scott Parker, who is attracting interest from Sunderland.”

Which would beg the question why sell Scott Parker – is Gareth Barry really a huge improvement?

Daniel Levy is often averse to taking on older players with no resale value, so unless he could somehow sell Parker for a sizeable fee this transfer makes little financial sense.