LONDON - Chelsea are preparing another bid to entice Ross Barkley to Stamford Bridge.
Barkley snubbed the Blues on deadline day in August because he preferred a move to Tottenham, where he thought he had more chance of regular football.
Spurs were unwilling to move at the time because the 24-year-old Everton midfielder was facing months out with a serious hamstring injury.
Barkley is at least two weeks away from fitness but Mauricio Pochettino remains interested.
And Chelsea are also searching for ways to boost their squad.
Antonio Conte’s occasional tactical switch to a five-man midfield creates an opportunity for a player like Barkley, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce will hold one-on-one meetings with players as he prepares to trim Everton’s squad.
Summer signings Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez have struggled, while Kevin Mirallas has an uncertain future.
"If you are going to be honest with the manager, or they want to leave it a bit longer, see how it goes (before) January and then see what’s what," Allardyce said.
"I’ll deal with it. I don’t want anyone here who doesn’t want to be here," he added.