Everton are weighing up taking Gareth Barry on a season-long loan, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The England international has been told he is surplus to requirements at the Etihad this year by new boss Manuel Pellegrini, and is looking for first-team football in the year building up to the World Cup.
Roberto Martinez is interested in bolstering his midfield, particularly whilst speculation around the future of stalwart Marouane Fellaini rages on, however there remains a stumbling block for the Merseyside club in the form of Barry's wages.
The 32-year-old is currently earning £100,000-a-week at City and has a year left to go on his contract. Everton have no intention of smashing their wage budget in order to get their man, so a loan-deal is the preferred method of continuation.
Of course, any deal for the player would rely solely on City's stance over paying the wages of a player who isn't representing them. If they refuse to do so, it may transpire that a permanent transfer is the only route for Barry if he wants to leave the Citizens.
Arsenal are also said to be snooping around the defensive-midfielder, with Arsene Wenger keen to add cover to his side in the wake of a number of injuries compounding a disappointing transfer window.
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