Former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp has revealed in The London Evening Standard why he never tried to sign Ross Barkley from Everton.
Barkley has been on the books of Merseyside outfit Everton his entire professional career so far, having developed at the club’s youth academy.
“I never tried to sign him because Everton wouldn’t sell him in a million years,” the former Southampton and Queens Park Rangers boss wrote in The London Evening Standard.
“They knew he was going to be a top player and their chairman Bill Kenwright would never have considered it.”
Barkley is a very talented young footballer who is already an established England international.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is one of the better young players in the Premier League, and Everton should cherish that he is with them.
The youngster has been playing well so far this season, scoring two goals and creating 16 chances in eight Premier League matches.
Barkley has a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and has won five headers, 21 tackles and three tackles.
Everton are seventh in the Premier League table at the moment with 13 points from eight matches, just two points behind fourth-place Crystal Palace.