Everton’s Ross Barkley now just 1/5 to join Chelsea this January

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Ross Barkley has been brought into 1/5 from 4/9 to join Chelsea this month.

The Everton midfielder has long been a target for the Blues and now appears more likely than ever to move to Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in signing the midfielder but are trailing behind at 10/1.

Barkley has been out of favour at Goodison Park for some time.

His cause has not been helped by a hamstring injury which has prevented the 24-year-old from making a single appearance this season.

Toffees boss Sam Allardyce today confirmed that the 6ft 2in ace is likely to leave this month.

And that should be music to the ears of Antonio Conte and co.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “If Conte is looking for strength in depth, he could do a lot worse than adding Barkley to his ranks and it looks as though the Italian gaffer may have won the race for the England star.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

Ross Barkley Club on February 1st, 2018

Chelsea – 1/5

Tottenham Hotspur – 10/1

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket, speedway and horse racing.