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West Ham to rival Tottenham by meeting Ross Barkley's wage demands

West Ham United have emerged as serious contenders to Tottenham’s move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

The Star claim that The Hammers are prepared to offer the England international the £140,000-a-week deal that he has been asking for at Goodison Park.

Ronald Koeman has remained resolute by not giving into the Everton academy products’ wage demands, instead offering £100,000-a-week, as well as issuing him a deadline to sign it.

That deadline has now passed, and Koeman is ready to cash in while there is some value in one of his biggest assets. However last week it was claimed he was not prepared to let him leave on the cheap, and was wanting to receive £50m for the attacking midfielders services.

Tottenham were the earliest team to register their interest, before Manchester United were also revealed to be keen on the 23-year-old. Both clubs can offer the wages that Barkley desires, as well as Champions League football, somewhat of a disadvantage for West Ham.

Whether or not any of the clubs are willing to stump up the cash wanted by Everton is remained to be seen.

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