32-year-old Gareth Barry is set to join Everton on a year-long-loan…
Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is prepared to take a pay-cut to join Roberto Martinez’s new look Everton side on a year long loan deal, reports the Daily Mail.
Everton will open talks with the 32-year-old this weekend, who is desperate to leave the Etihad stadium, after new manager Manuel Pellegrini made it clear to him that he would struggle for first-team game time this season.
As a result, the 53-cap England international will lower his salary demands to force through a move before the transfer window slams shut on Monday evening.
Everton are keen to get an experienced midfielder in to the squad, with Belgian powerhouse Marouane Fellaini closing in on a move to Premier League champions Manchester United. Everton have rejected a £36m double bid for Fellaini and Everton teammate Leighton Baines, but the 25-year-old midfielder has told Martinez he wants to be allowed to leave Goodison Park.
To complement the imminent Barry deal, Martinez wants to reunite with Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, who is also attracting interest from Newcastle and Tottenham. The Irishman could set any Premier League side back around £15m however, and his future essentially lies on whether Everton or Newcastle eventually sell star duo Fellaini and Yohan Cabaye respectively.