According to the Mirror, Everton are set to confirm the permanent singing of Gareth Barry within the next two days. The club will allegedly sign the Manchester City-man for the £2.5million fee agreed as part of his original loan deal.
The 33-year-old left his mark at Goodison last season, making 32 Premier League appearances as Everton stormed to their best ever points total. He scored three goals and contributed with a further four assists as the Toffees ended the season in fifth place. His displays even led some to suggest that he deserved a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
The main concern will be his reported wages. Having experienced the ‘Manchester City way of living’ since his move from Aston Villa in 2009, Barry may have grown accustomed to a very healthy sum come pay day. However, one way or another, it seems the Toffees have overcome this issue.
He reportedly had several other offers, most notably from Everton’s Premier League rivals West Ham and new Major League Soccer side New York City FC. Nonetheless, he has been signalling his intention of joining the Toffees on a permanent basis ever since a proposed move to City's New York MLS franchise was withdrawn.
The reported signing of the Englishman for such a low transfer fee provides a huge boost for Roberto Martinez, who now has funds available to invest in other areas of his side. It is no secret the club are on the look-out for a striker this window, with Belgians Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi both being linked with a possible move.
Gareth Barry’s seemingly impending arrival could spark a flurry of transfer activity at Goodison, as Martinez looks to build upon a side that performed so admirably last campaign.