Everton join Arsenal in race for Manchester City midfielder

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Everton are the latest Premier League club to join the race to sign Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry - who is also a summer target for Arsenal - reports the Daily Telegraph.

With just one year remaining on his £100,000-a-week contract, the 32-year-old has been made available for transfer, though Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is keen to negotiate a season-long loan deal.

A move to Goodison Park remains a strong possibility, providing City can agree to subsidise the player's wages, so that he can be accommodated in the Merseyside club's strict financial guidelines.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is also open to the idea of bringing Barry to the Emirates Stadium to act as cover for his midfield, but he too is put off by the England international's extravagant wage demands.

Barry was left out of Manchester City's 18-man squad for Monday night's 4-0 victory over Newcastle United, giving the clearest indication yet that he has no future at the Etihad Stadium under Manuel Pellegrini.

Everton are thought to be favourites to secure his signature ahead of Arsenal, with the guarantee of regular first-team football a priority for Barry at this stage of his career.

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