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Everton ace to become Chelsea's first winter signing?

Everton ace to become Chelseas first winter signing?

Barkley to join Chelsea?

Premier League champions Chelsea are reportedly on the cusp of finalising a deal for England international and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

The 24-year-old was close to joining the west London giants in the summer, but he opted to snub their advances as he was still recovering from a hamstring problem.

According to The Telegraph, the Blues are hoping to have a deal wrapped up in the next 24 hours, and they are prepared to offer a fee of around £15m for Barkley, which is less than half of his valuation in the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur have also expressed a keen interest in the Toffees graduate, but they look set to miss out on the player's signature as they were hoping to sign him on a Bosman at the end of the season.

Toffees boss Sam Allardyce has previously given up on keeping hold of Barkley, who has yet to earn a single minute of competitive action during the ongoing campaign.