Barry moved to West Bromwich Albion from Everton two years ago.
Some West Bromwich Albion fans are urging their side to pay Everton the money required to re-sign Gareth Barry.
A 2017 recruit from Everton, Barry was released by West Brom at the end of last season.
But the 38-year-old midfielder has remained with the club as he recovers from injury, with the Baggies boss Slaven Bilic vowing to offer him a new contract once he has proved his fitness.
As revealed by Bilic on Friday, however, there remains an outstanding issue with Everton, whom the Express and Star reports are due another payment if Barry signs up for a third campaign at the Hawthorns.
And while sections of the West Brom fanbase are seemingly happy to say ‘thanks, but no thanks’, others, such as these below, have a differing view.
Just pay them whatever, hes different gravy when fit and also allows for some rotation for the midfield duo— Joe (@Yacxb) October 25, 2019
Just do it, the experience he will bring could be very important for us this season, the amount of bookings Livermore and Sawyers are picking up aswell, he could be very useful— John (@Johnwba01) October 25, 2019
Hope this gets down. I’ll have a whip round with @ColmBrosnan if needs be.— Safiya Outlines (@SafiyaOutlines) October 25, 2019
Pay the money @WBA You got him on a free so if you have to pay a little piece to Everton pay it. He will be the difference back part of season in us going up. Don’t mess around get him signed up. @KitmanPat https://t.co/PruHAN5BHf— tommy (@tommyposton) October 25, 2019
Really is just no need from Everton’s perspective the money is the amount of probably one players wages for the week and it does not help Barry having to sit and wait when he needs games with the u23s for fitness utterly ridiculous just let go and let him play surley…— Jon Simonian (@_Simonian) October 25, 2019
Can we give them some bags of Black Country pork scratching and hopefully they will do the trick— Stuart Hunt (@huntywbafc) October 25, 2019
do it!!— ً (@ChxzzyAustin) October 25, 2019
Everton would not be entitled to any money were Barry to sign for a club other than West Brom, who led the Championship in Barry’s absence.
The Baggies also have Jake Livermore, Romaine Sawyers, Rekeem Harper and Chris Brunt capable of playing in the former England international’s position.