In Focus: Dilemma for Everton’s Barry as West Bromwich Albion circle

West Bromwich Albion are keen on signing Everton midfielder Gareth Barry on a two-year deal, according to the Express & Star.

What’s the story?

The former England international is entering the final 12 months of his contract at Goodison Park.

The 36-year-old has been part of the Merseyside outfit since his 2014 switch from Manchester City.

With the signing of Davy Klaassen and the club’s pursuit of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Barry may struggle to gain first-team minutes this season.

The Express & Star reports that West Brom boss wants Barry at The Hawthorns and a two-year deal could be on the table.

However, the publication states that Everton manager Ronald Koeman may refuse a deal due to his admiration of the midfielder.

What’s best for Barry?

Despite being on the wrong side of 30, the former Aston Villa man started 23 Premier League games for Everton last season and came off the bench in a further 10.

Barry still has a role to play at Goodison Park, but his appearances are likely to be limited due to the new signings.

The midfielder has proven that he still has a role to play, but he needs to be careful as his next move is likely to be a final one before retiring.

Barry will have to ask himself whether his desire to play more regularly outweighs his commitment to Everton.

The Merseyside club have made a statement in their spending power this summer, and they will not be far away from challenging the elite clubs in the division.

It would be understandable if Barry wanted to stay in order to be part of the club’s transformation, but he may not have an influential role on the pitch.