Report: Tottenham hope Ross Barkley's signed before US tour; but Levy won't meet £50m valuation

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly made Everton's Ross Barkley his number one target this summer.

According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino's desire to bring Ross Barkley to Tottenham is unlikely to be enough to tempt Daniel Levy to meet Everton's valuation - despite Spurs wanting to include the Toffees star in their squad for their US pre-season tour.

The Mirror reports that Pochettino has made signing Barkley his number one priority for the summer, but Everton's desire to hold out for £50 million for the 23-year-old is putting Levy off a deal.

Ross Barkley celebrates scoring the third goal for EvertonRoss Barkley

The attacking midfielder is entering the final year of his contract at Goodison Park and the Tottenham chairman is thus, only prepared to spend £25-£30 million on a transfer, the Mirror reports - even with Pochettino keen to get the England international into his squad before they travel across the Atlantic on Wednesday.

While Levy may feel that waiting towards the end of the window before moving will boost Tottenham's chances of signing Barkley for a fee much closer to their own valuation - given the lack of teams who can seemingly afford Everton's valuation coupled with Barkley's contract situation, it is arguably a strategy that may ultimately reap dividends - it would hardly be a surprise if waiting leaves Pochettino frustrated.

Getting him in the squad as soon as possible and giving him as much of the pre-season as possible to adapt to his new teammates and surroundings in general will surely boost Barkley's chances of justifying the fee - however big it is - when the new Premier League season begins. 

But if he comes in perhaps even once the campaign has already begun, it will surely be harder for the Toffees man to hit the ground running and vindicate Pochettino's decision to make him his number one target. 

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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