Everton transfer latest: New deal for Barkley to warn off Chelsea interest?

A round up of the latest transfer news about Everton.

The Mirror has reported Everton could offer youngster Ross Barkley a new contract. Recent reports have suggested the midfielder is the subject of interest from Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, which has prompted the Merseyside club to try and tie down Barkley on a new long term deal.

Everton remain hopeful over completing a loan deal for AS Monaco forward Lacina Traore. The Toffees were thought to be close to a deal before Monaco striker Falcao picked up a bad knee injury.

“We’ll have to see what happens. We’ve got the work permit granted and we’re all quite excited at the prospect of welcoming Lacina to Everton,” said manager Roberto Martinez.

Martinez has also suggested that if a loan deal for Traore goes through before the close of the window, it’s doubtful whether Everton will do any more business this month.

“That will probably be it, the main two targets was a striker and Aiden McGeady,” added the boss.

A summer deal that Martinez is reported to be looking at is the possibility of turning Gareth Barry’s loan agreement into a permanent transfer. The on loan Manchester City man will be with Everton until the end of the season as things currently stand.

However, Everton have also been linked with James McArthur of Wigan Athletic. McArthur played under Martinez when he was in charge of Wigan and some online sources have suggested that talks are already underway over a deal between the Premier League and Championship clubs.

Another deal Everton are thought to still be working on relates to Michy Batshuayi of Standard Liege. The 20-year-old has scored 15 goals in 22 games this season and his parents have confirmed an approach from the club.

“Our manager has confirmed to us that Everton have contacted him, because Mr. Duchâtelet was contacted directly by email from Everton about the possibility of a transfer. We have also seen that e-mail,” his parents told Belgian paper Het Laatste Nieuws.

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