ROSS BARKLEY will be offered another Everton escape route by Chelsea in January when he returns to fitness, according to reports.
The Toffees midfielder had a medical with the Blues in the summer when a deal looked done and dusted only for the Englishman to back out at the last knockings.
A serious hamstring injury has since kept the 24-year-old, who is also a Tottenham target – out of action.
But the Mail claim Antonio Conte will move for the Everton playmaker again in the New Year after the Italian boss conceded defeat in the Premier League race.
Barkley is a fortnight away from returning to first-team availability and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been pressed on his interest again.
The Argentine said: “We are focused on trying to bring more English players through the academy.
“If we don’t have this profile we will try to take advantage of the English market and add more English players here.
Barkley is out of contract at the end of the season and new boss Sam Allardyce has hinted he may have already done a deal to quit Goodison but they still need showdown talks.
Allardyce said: “If every player is honest enough when I finally get through the one-on-ones they will tell me if they want to stay or they don’t
““I don’t want anyone here who doesn’t want to be here.
“By the same token there’s always a price to pay and the club accepts we are not going to be mugs and let people leave under value in today’s market.
“People might want to move because it hasn’t quite worked or they have not settled as well as they thought.
“Up until then all these guys have a chance.”