Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been linked in the press with a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The England international has struggled under Toffees boss Ronald Koeman this season, leading to speculation that he could quit his boyhood club in January.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) December 31, 2016
The 53-year-old has repeatedly used his press conferences to demand more from Barkley throughout the opening months of the campaign and may look to move him on as he seeks to stamp his authority at Goodison Park.
Spurs would seem a natural fit if the Liverpool-born playmaker does leave, with a strong core of English talent such as Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane already established in North London.
Barkley did notch a late equaliser in Friday night’s 2-2 draw with Hull City but this has not put an end to the rumour mill.
Fans of Tottenham have been giving their reaction to the 23-year-old’s possible arrival on Twitter, and it is fair to say there has been a mixed response.
The best of the tweets can be found below:
Who else wants Barkley at Spurs ? #COYS
— 50% Single (@Mikow_) December 19, 2016
Barkley massive goal, would take him as an FA Cup starter or if Europa depends what we prioritise
— joe (@joedeuxh19) December 30, 2016
am i the only one that thinks barkley will not improve our squad?? I don't rate him that highly #COYS
— StephenðŸ‡¬ðŸ‡§ (@stephenpay444) December 30, 2016
Ross Barkley would be a smart bit of business. He has a lot of chemistry with and said he wants to play with dele #THFC
— Steezy Coys (@SonOfKane10) December 30, 2016
— Alf Love (@alf_love47) December 30, 2016
— Aaron Pitters (@aaronpitters) December 30, 2016
— yusTHFC (@yusTHFC) December 30, 2016
What would fans think of Son & Sissoko leaving this winter and Zaha & Barkley coming in?? The two brits are defo more Spurs players #coys
— Ryan Alex (@Major_Hank) December 26, 2016
Dear Poch – Ross Barkley no no no #COYS
— John Hueston (@johnrhueston) December 19, 2016
— Sonny Snelling (@SonnySnelling) December 19, 2016
Swapping Ross Barkley with Mousa Sissoko is very good deal to Tottenham, adding more bullet to your gun before running out of it. #Coys
— WABI JMR. (@NASEERWABI1) December 25, 2016
Barkley is bang average, no end product, can't believe so many of our fans want him, nowhere near our standard #THFC
— HiggyHotspur #COYS (@NickHiggy4) December 19, 2016