Report: Arsenal want Ross Barkley, he's keen to wait despite Spurs planning January move

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino shakes hands with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after the match

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Tottenham target Ross Barkley.

According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are ready to join the race for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, and whilst Tottenham are plotting a January move, the player wants to wait until the summer to decide his future.

Barkley, 23, has come up through the ranks at Goodison Park, and has long been tipped to become a star for Everton, and he impressed last season with eight goals and eight assists in the Premier League.

Everton's Ross BarkleyEverton's Ross Barkley

However, Barkley failed to play even one minute for England at Euro 2016, and his fortunes haven't improved much this season, as he's been in and out of the Everton side under Ronald Koeman.

Koeman has struggled to get the best out of Barkley, and whilst he has just two goals and two assists in the Premier League this season, that hasn't stopped major interest from Premier League rivals.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino shakes hands with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

The Telegraph report that Tottenham Hotspur, who are keen to add another playmaker, are planning a January bid for Barkley – but they now face competition from North London rivals Arsenal.

The report claims that Arsenal are eyeing up Barkley in case Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Jack Wilshere leave the club in 2017, given that the Everton ace has just 18 months left on his deal at Goodison Park.

It's added that Tottenham had planned to make a move next summer, but their belief that manager Koeman is willing to sell Barkley in January had altered those plans, with Mauricio Pochettino's men reading a move for next month.

However, Barkley is allegedly hoping to wait until the end of the season to make a decision on his future, giving Arsenal a chance to muscle in and compete with Spurs for Barkley's signature in 2017.

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