Veteran midfielder has been a revelation on Merseyside already.
Everton are said to be desperate to turn midfield player Gareth Barry’s current loan deal from Manchester City into a permanent move come the end of this campaign, according to reports in the Sun on Sunday.
The experienced England international only moved to Goodison Park in the final hours of transfer deadline day on an initial season-long deal after being told by new City head coach Manuel Pellegrini that he was now surplus to requirements at Eastlands in this campaign.
And with this season ending as it does with the World Cup finals in Brazil, Barry was keen to be playing regular first-team football going forward in order to boost his hopes of being selected in Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for the trip to South America, should England make it on the road to Rio that is.
Barry, 32, has already proved to be an instant hit with the Toffees fans in his brief stint on Merseyside, with the holding midfield player making his debut for Roberto Martinez’s men in their surprise 1-0 win over Chelsea at Goodison earlier this month, a match in which the new player was even named as man of the match.
As a result, the new Everton coach is understood to be keen to sign Barry on a permanent long-term contract when his loan spell runs out next summer.