Tottenham appear prepared to stick two fingers up at Everton and strike bargain

Villarreal's Mexican midfielder Jonathan dos Santos (L) vies with Celta Vigo's midfielder Pape Diop during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs RC Celta de Vigo at El...

Tottenham have not been impressed with Everton's stance over Ross Barkley, and seem ready to move elsewhere.

Tottenham Hotspur appear ready to cut their losses on Ross Barkley and move on to an alternative.

Spurs are in talks to sign Celta Vigo midfielder Cheikh Diop, with SkySports claiming they hope to clinch a deal as soon as this week.

Diop is a central midfielder and is available at a fraction of the price of Everton's Ross Barkley.

Villarreal's Mexican midfielder Jonathan dos Santos (L) vies with Celta Vigo's midfielder Pape Diop during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs RC Celta de Vigo at El...

Spurs have been linked to Barkley all summer, with The Times reporting head coach Mauricio Pochettino sees him as a long term replacement in midfield for Moussa Dembele.

Everton have been demanding as much as £50 million for the midfielder.

After uncharacteristically blowing £30 million on Moussa Sissoko last summer, spend thrift Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has backed off.

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Now Tottenham appear prepared to essentially stick two fingers up at Everton's demands and move on for Diop, paying a fraction of the price in the process.

SkySports report Tottenham have offered £10 million for the 20-year-old midfielder.

Diop, 20, is a Spain youth international who still has it all to prove, but he is less of a gamble at that price than Barkley, who would still struggle to get into Tottenham's best XI.

Tottenham moving on for Diop would place Barkley in a difficult position, and leave him scrambling late in the window to find a move elsewhere.

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