TOP STORY: Barkley ‘must lower wage demands’

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Everton boss Ronald Koeman has said he is "100 percent" certain that midfielder Ross Barkley will leave in the summer -- but Barkley will have to take a pay cut if he is to end up at Tottenham Hotspur, the Mirror reports.

Although Barkley, 23, is in the final year of his contract, Everton are likely to demand up to £40 million for him, the paper says.

But, first and foremost, the England international "will have to slash his wage demands or risk scuppering a move" to White Hart Lane, even though the Spurs "aim to move rapidly for the midfielder."

The Mirror says Tottenham will not shatter their wage structure and bring Barkley to London "on more money than top-earning stars such as Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen," who are paid at or near the club's limit of £100,000 a week.

It points out that although Barkley "has already turned down more than that to sign a new deal at Goodison Park, he is desperate to join Tottenham," whose manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is keen for a deal to be done before the new season kicks off.

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