Everton manager Sam Allardyce says Ross Barkley could be sold in January
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Everton manager Sam Allardyce says Ross Barkley could be sold in January

Everton manager Sam Allardyce said Ross Barkley could be sold next month, with his contract set to expire in 2018 and the English midfielder yet to sign a new deal.

football Updated: Dec 15, 2017 12:03 IST
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Ross Barkley could leave Everton in the January transfer window, said manager Sam Allardyce. (Reuters)

Everton manager Sam Allardyce accepts he may be forced to sell star midfielder Ross Barkley in January.

Barkley, 24, last played competitively in May but is nearing a return from a hamstring injury.

The England international is yet to re-sign with Everton despite his contract expiring in 2018, and Allardyce said Barkley could be sold next month after Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea looked to sign him during the summer.

“It’s a difficult one,” he said.

“I haven’t had the opportunity yet to find out the truth, or the whole scenario, to ask, ‘Where does it lie?’ and then make a decision one way or the other.

“I’m not in control of that in too many ways. If someone comes in during January and says, ‘Here you go’ [with an offer] and the club says, ‘Look, if he’s not going to sign for us this has to be the case,’ then I accept that.”

Everton have jumped to 10th in the Premier League thanks to a four-match unbeaten run.

Allardyce said he would welcome Barkley, who is expected to be fit in January, back if the midfielder wanted to remain at Goodison Park.

“If Ross stays, and stays until the end of the season, and I feel he is giving 100 per cent to the team, like he has done since he was a kid, then he is an available asset until he leaves on a free transfer,” he said.

“I would hate that to happen, but it might do.”

First Published: Dec 15, 2017 12:03 IST