Everton in two-way reunion battle for Chelsea star

Date published: Thursday 22nd July 2021 12:41 - Will Ford

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Everton are keen on a reunion with Ross Barkley this summer, as is West Ham manager David Moyes.

Barkley spent last season on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea, scoring three goals in the process.

The 27-year-old is back training with Chelsea this summer but is likely to be made available again by Thomas Tuchel ahead of next season.

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Barkley moved from childhood club Everton to join Chelsea in January 2018 and could be set to return to Goodison Park this summer.

That’s according to 90min, who claim David Moyes – who gave Barkley his Everton debut in 2011 – is also interested in signing him for West Ham.

Moyes is desperate to land Jesse Lingard on a permanent basis after his impressive loan spell from United last season, but United’s valuation – thought to be around £30m – has led the Hammers to consider other options.

Meanwhile, Everton have secured the signing of former Leicester winger Demarai Gray form Bayer Leverkusen.

And former Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish claims the Toffees have got a bargain.

“It’s been a little bit topsy turvy for Demarai,” Mcleish said.

“The Leicester thing didn’t quite work out. At £1.7million, these are real bargains Everton are getting.

“It’s really strange there’s not a top-dollar signing. I’m going to talk from the perspective of Everton fans.

“They might think: ‘Wait a minute. We can’t say every signing’s going to be an inspirational acquisition.’

“I think the experience they have got in Andros and Demarai, is really good. They’re players who know their way about Premier League pitches.

“Demarai has still got to show he’s got that consistency.

“It will be an interesting signing to see how he can break through into that Everton first XI.”

Noel Whelan suggested that Everton are getting themselves a “fantastic player” in Gray.

“I’m just surprised it’s only Everton in the running. We’ve seen the ability he has.

“Although he struggled at Leicester, £1.5million is next to nothing for a player who is only 25.

“He is also yet to enjoy his best years of football. He’s been around the Premier League for many years now.

“This signing could really excite the Evertonians if he can get going and show more of the quality he has. The service he will provide for [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin will be fantastic.”


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