In Focus: Tottenham could still offer £20m for the injured Ross Barkley

According to Bleacher Report’s Football Insider Dean Jones on Twitter, Tottenham Hotspur could still make a £20m move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley even though his hamstring injury is likely to keep him out of action until December.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Barkley has been heavily linked with a move away from the Merseyside outfit throughout the summer after he rejected the chance to extend his current contract, which is due to run out next summer.

The Times said on Thursday that one of the main reasons he turned down signing a new deal is because of his strained relationship with manager Ronald Koeman, with the pair coming to blows in training when the England international questioned the Dutchman over the public criticism of him.

The Times says that Tottenham and Chelsea are among the Premier League teams interested in taking the 23-year-old, but the hamstring injury he suffered in training on Monday had put a move away into doubt.

However, Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones says they could still make a £20m for Barkley, despite the fact that he would be absent for the majority of the first-half of the new campaign.

Why do Tottenham want Barkley?

While he has largely struggled to perform consistently, the 23-year-old has shown plenty of glimpses of magic and he is able to score and assist from a central attacking midfield position.

Mauricio Pochettino obviously feels there is a player to work with and develop there, and because of his age he has plenty of time to improve.

Is that really a possibility?

It certainly could be, yes.

If Tottenham really want the player then they certainly would be willing to pay £20m now rather than Barkley having the freedom to speak to any club and sign for them for free in 2018, especially if the 23-year-old is keen on the move to north London.

In a way, Spurs may actually be slightly relieved with the injury as it means they may be able to get him for the price they want rather than the £50m fee that Everton have been demanding for the England international this summer.

The injury is certainly a huge blow though, and could even mean that Pochettino has to bring in another option in a similar position to cover them over the next couple of months.