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West Ham close to trumping Everton for Gareth Barry

West Ham United are threatening Everton's deal for off contract Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry.

The Mirror says Barry's permanent move to Everton is on the brink of collapse - with West Ham poised to take advantage.

Barry has been caught in the middle of a stand-off between Everton and Manchester City, who had been assured of a £2million fee if the former England midfielder agreed to sign a contract at Goodison after last season's loan spell.

But with neither party willing to budge, Barry - who is a free agent - could sign for West Ham or his former club Aston Villa instead.

It is believed that West Ham are offering the best financial package, which could see the 33-year-old switch to Upton Park.

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