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Tottenham baulk at £50m asking price

Tottenham Hotspur are still interested in signing Ross Barkley from Everton this summer, but are not prepared to meet their asking price for the midfielder.

The England international has been involved in lengthy contract talks with the Blues and has rejected their £100,000-a-week offer, prompting Ronald Koeman to issue and ultimatum, sign it or be sold. That deadline was at the end of last season, and yet there has still been no news on any contract renewal.

The Dutchman has already been on a £90m spending spree, bringing in five players, including the £23m signing of Davy Klaasen from Ajax, which on paper looks like it is a ready made replacement for Barkley.

Spurs are one of the clubs that have been most linked with making a move for the 23-year-old, but according to The Sun today, they are unwilling to meet the Toffees £50m valuation.

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Barkley would be a very good addition to the Tottenham squad that finished second last season, while Arsenal are also interested in signing the midfielder

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