Ross Barkley is reportedly demanding £150,000-a-week to join Tottenham — nearly £30,000 more than Harry Kane is on.
Spurs were interested in the Everton midfielder but the Toffees’ asking price of £50million has put the club on hold.
And, according to the Mirror, Spurs have been put off even more by Barkley’s outrageous wage demands.
Harry Kane — who has won the Premier League Golden Boot two years in a row — and France international Hugo Lloris are only on around £120,000-a-week.
Tottenham believe Barkley should be valued at around £15m as he only has a year remaining on his contract.
Barkley is not in Ronald Koeman’s squad to face FC Twente and Genk at the weekend after missing the friendly in Tanzania last week with a groin injury.
The report suggests and compromise on the fee will be reached but the wage demands are now a sticking point in the deal.
Koeman is also likely to want to get a deal done soon to end the matter before the start of the season.
The Dutchman has made no secret of his disdain for Barkley’s ongoing contract saga, dropping the England international on numerous occasions last term.
Everton have embarked on a huge spending spree this summer, with new arrivals Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen both capable of playing in Barkley’s No.10 position.
There could yet be another playmaker arriving at Goodison Park, with Swansea’s£50million-rated ace Gylfi Sigurdsson wanted by Koeman.