Tottenham Hotspur have cooled interest in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, reports The Mirror.
Spurs were thought to be the main contenders for Barkley’s signature this summer having been fans of the 23-year-old for a lengthy time.
However, The Mirror claims that the North London club now have reservations due to the player’s failure to live up to expectation.
Barkley showed plenty of promise when he burst onto the scene at Goodison Park six years ago as a teenager.
He has shown quality on the pitch, but the problem is that he lacks consistency, and Tottenham are reportedly easing off because Dele Alli, who plays in a similar position, is head and shoulders above him.
Barkley is in quite the predicament as he has been given an ultimatum numerous times by Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman has publicly stated that the midfielder will be sold this summer if he does not sign a new deal.
As it stands, Barkley has not put pen to paper, but with Tottenham’s interest waning, there are very little options for him.
Even if he ends up signing a new deal, the arrival of Davy Klaassen suggests that he will struggle for regular game time this season.
Unfortunately for Barkley, if he cannot get a decent move elsewhere, then he risks becoming a forgotten figure.