Koeman sets deadline for Barkley over Everton future

"The situation remains that we have offered him a contract, they [Barkley, his agent and the Everton board] have had several meetings about that contract and this is what he needs to sign if he likes to stay".

"It's his responsibility and the responsibility also of his agent to say yes or no because that's what the club needs to know", said Koeman, whose side host Watford tonight.

You might call him a no-nonsense manager but, when his back is turned, there appears to be nothing but nonsense going on behind the scenes at Goodison Park. Next weekend we need an answer.

Lukaku interrupted the warm showers by attempting to throw cold water on both men, before he ordered Schneiderlin to dance in the tiniest pair of underwear that is surely permitted by law. I can't make him better in that, but I can make him better in other aspects.

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It's all in good fun, though, right?

Tottenham Hotspur have been frequently linked with a bid for the midfielder who, along with Romelu Lukaku, has told the manager his ambition is to play in the Champions League.

Everton face Watford on Friday before finishing their Premier League campaign at Arsenal on Sunday, 21 May.

Barkley's current £65,000-a-week deal expires at the end of next season but the 23-year-old would command a fee of around £35million. We are already trying to get players in for next season in the front positions.

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RK: "We know the board and Club have big ambitions to take the next step".

Even this season, Barkley has been brilliant one week and poor the next, and this sort of inconsistency isn't going to earn a regular spot in the England team, as there are more consistent performers out there.

"He has scored more goals than he scored last season so that is really positive".

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