Tottenham are reportedly considering making a January bid for Everton playmaker Ross Barkley, with both Arsenal and Chelsea also showing an interest in the player.
According to the Telegraph, however, Barkley is unlikely to decide on his future until the end of the season.
Spurs had originally been planning a summer bid for the England international, but the interest of their rivals, as well the possibility that Ronald Koeman could be willing to sell at a reasonable price, may bring the offer forward.
Barkley has struggled since Koeman arrived at the club from Southampton. The Dutchman has publicly criticised his performances, and regularly not included him in his team.
“Of course I think the player needs to improve,” Koeman said earlier this month. “He needs to improve the tactical aspect of his football, out of his position, he needs to be more clinical and have more creativity in the offensive part of the team but he is working hard on that and trying to get the best out of himself.
“Maybe that type of aggression meant he lost a bit of control in that action (against Liverpool) but he is working hard. But he needs to improve to be the player that maybe everyone expected when he was 18 or 19.”
If Barkley does wait until the end of the season to make a decision on his future, he could have offers from Chelsea, who are believed to be long term admirers of his talent, as well as north London clubs Arsenal and Spurs.