Premier League Trio Compete For Released Manchester City Midfielder

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QPR and Stoke join Everton in pursuit of veteran midfielder.

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Everton will face competition from both Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City in the pursuit of the free transfer of released Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, according to the Daily Star.

The 33-year-old former England man spent the 2013/14 season on loan at Goodison Park, and is thought to have impressed Toffees manager Roberto Martinez with his battling displays, though the player is still assessing his options over a permanent move.

Newly-promoted QPR are on the lookout for quality signings on the cheap after scraping back into the Premier League with victory in the Championship playoffs, and are also reportedly in talks with another free agent in Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

Barry would be another great addition on a free if Rangers boss Harry Redknapp can persuade him to move to Loftus Road, but the former Aston Villa man could also be tempted to work under his old manager Mark Hughes at Stoke.

It was Hughes that initially signed Barry for City back in 2009, and the Welshman has done fine work since taking over at the Britannia Stadium last summer, which may convince him that a switch to the Potters would be the right one at this stage of his career.

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