According to reports in The Mirror, Everton midfielder Gareth Barry is a summer target for Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion and Burnley.
Baggies boss Tony Pulis is looking for an experienced replacement for Darren Fletcher, who left the Hawthorns for Stoke City earlier this summer, and he has identified Barry as the man he wants to replace the Scot in the middle of the park, according to The Mirror.
The 36-year-old has become more of a bit-part player at Goodison Park following the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye in the last year, although he still made 34 appearances in all competitions last term to show that he was still a key part of Ronald Koeman’s plans.
Meanwhile, the report adds that Clarets manager Sean Dyche would like to take the experienced midfielder on a season-long loan deal.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and they were divided with their opinions.
While some believe the Merseyside outfit should keep for one more season because of his experience and leadership, others believe it is time for the veteran to go.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Be a good move for him that, or Aston villa.
— EvertonViking (@EvertonViking) July 9, 2017
let his contract run out I say. Squad depth, leadership and I want him to beat that prem record for us
— Voice of Everton (@VoiceofEverton) July 9, 2017
Let him go his legs are finished lots of players ran rings around him last season.
— toffees!!! (@steefc1984) July 9, 2017
Nooooooo. Keep him. Love Gareth Barry. Classy assists every time he comes on. Massive character to keep @Everton
— Simon Barber (@BobbyBarberBlue) July 9, 2017
Barry not for sale.
— Evertonian Info (@Biru_Everton) July 9, 2017
I think he's got one more season…
— J (@Ello90) July 9, 2017
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