Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is hoping starlet midfielder Ross Barkley signs a new deal with the club to warn off interest from Manchester United.

The 17-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, with the club reportedly ready to lodge a bid worth £20 million.

And Howard, a former United keeper, says he hopes the youngster signs a new contract and continues his development at Goodison Park.

"The one thing we've always had is bringing through young players and we've got a fantastic manager who is very shrewd in the transfer market," he said.


"Ross is a talent. He's another in a long line and we hope he can thrive here and live out his dreams with us.

"He needs to be insulated with people who believe in him.

"The sky's the limit for him. Now he needs people who will tell him the right things and keep his feet on the ground."

United showed during the summer that they're not afraid to splash the cash, with Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea all joining the club as Sir Alex Ferguson attempts to build a new era at the club.

And the Barkley would be another component to United's young squad, in a midfielder that already contains Tom Cleverley, who has broken through this season.

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