Everton closing in on signing of Man City star Barry
Everton look set to make a move for Man City midfielder Gareth Barry and hope to land the former Aston Villa star on loan, according to The Express.
The 32-year-old has been told he can leave the Etihad stadium as chances of first team football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini look slim, and with the World Cup looming less than 12 months away Barry is keen to be back playing regular football at the top level in order to give himself the best chance of making Roy Hodgson’s final squad for the tournament in Brazil.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen on taking Barry to Goodison Park initially on a loan basis, with a view to a permanent move once the midfielder’s current contract expires next summer – though his current £90k per week earnings would likely prove a stumbling block, with either a pay cut or some sort of deal with City being required.
Barry made 365 appearances for former club Aston Villa, scoring 41 goals before making the £12m move to Man City. He has since made 132 appearances, netting six times, but his days at the club certainly now appear numbered.
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