The veteran midfielder was expected to recover from a minor ankle injury in time for next Monday's trip to Manchester City after missing the first leg against Hajduk Split but stepped up interest from Tony Pulis means he is set to leave Everton after four years at Goodison Park.
Barry, who missed the season opener against Stoke City at the weekend with the injury, is in line to pass Ryan Giggs as the player to have made the most Premier League appearances of all time this season and Blues boss Ronald Koeman admitted over the weekend that he would not stand in the 36-year-old's way if he needed to move to accomplish the feat.
With two new signings in his area of the park already through the door this year in the form of Davy Klaassen and Morgan Schneiderlin, plus the emergence of Tom Davies, Barry faces significant competition to get into the Everton team this season.
“It depends," the Dutchman told the Liverpool Echo when asked if he would consider selling or releasing Barry before the transfer deadline.
“If players are unhappy...
"Gareth is a great professional and I'm happy if he will stay but if he will like to move, OK, we will see what happens. I don't know.
“At the moment we don't have to make that decision.”
There were reports late last night that Barry could undergo a medical with the Baggies as soon as today ahead of a proposed switch to The Hawthorns and that appears from sources to have been the case.
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1 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:02:22
2 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:20:35
3 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:30:39
4 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:26:14
5 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:41:24
I thought it was on lTV 4 Again
6 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:38:57
7 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:12:20
8 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:55:12
If you can't get rid of all the little pop-ups, then there are other links available. I got all the British and Irish Lions games on this.
If you're not in the UK, you will need a VPN to change your IP address to a UK one.
9 Posted 15/08/2017 at 00:12:02
Hard as nails, calm with no histrionics (even when someone bites him), can pass the ball forward in an instant, and has a football brain.
I really hope he stays for another season. If we do have a run in Europe or the cups he will prove a very valuable member of the squad.
10 Posted 15/08/2017 at 00:41:42
Game time limited this season but I really hope he stays.
11 Posted 15/08/2017 at 02:25:38
I imagine he'd start significantly more games for West Brom, so would wish him well if he left. Has always seemed like the model professional in terms of effort etc.
12 Posted 15/08/2017 at 03:48:12
13 Posted 15/08/2017 at 05:35:28
He's only been with us 4 seasons, playing over 30 league games in each which is impressive in itself given his age.
I personally think he has more often than not been one of the best players on the park for us during that time, with only very occasional dips in form.
He has served us very well, and I hope he manages to beat Giggs's record whether it be for us or someone else.
14 Posted 15/08/2017 at 05:42:38
15 Posted 15/08/2017 at 05:57:34
Doesn't do it for me, sorry lads! As my dad always said, if you've got nothing good to say, don't fuckin' say it!!!
16 Posted 15/08/2017 at 08:44:51
17 Posted 15/08/2017 at 09:31:35
18 Posted 15/08/2017 at 09:34:50
Weren't WBA previously interested in Schneiderlin ? in the current market we should get our money back on him.
20 Posted 15/08/2017 at 09:55:05
21 Posted 15/08/2017 at 09:56:34
22 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:02:11
23 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:18:42
The facts are that a) I don't see much game time at all for Barry from now on and I wouldn't expect that to sit well with him; b) it has been clear that his value to the team is in slower paced games where he offers experience and 'game smarts' and Rooney demonstrated on Saturday that he can provide that and more; c) faster tempo games just pass Gareth by these days and it seems clear that the management wants our general play to be at a much higher tempo than the past two or three seasons.
Sad to say bye but the correct decision by the club to move the player on if he wants to play as I'm sure he does
24 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:53:30
He is also an excellent reader of a game and spots potential danger. Being proactive in those situations means he doesn't have to be as quick as a lesser player who has to react to danger. Where he struggles is when a player runs at him at speed but even then he's developed a strategy to nullify that. The yellow card.
He will be a huge loss to the club. I wish him well.
25 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:53:44
I always thought he would wind down his playing days with us and then remain to contribute off the pitch. Don't know if he has his coaching badges but can see him moving into management at some time in the future. An intelligent and tactically aware footballer, and I look forward to him surpassing the most premier games record of Giggs. Only 5 to go I think - shame it will be with WBA not EFC, but there you go.
Best of luck for the future, Gaz.
26 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:54:09
However, with Koeman playing his favourites, there would possibly be not much game time for Gareth.
I do sincerely wish him all the best, should he go, and thank him for his time with us.
27 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:55:51
Barry would definitely have a big role to play this season but fair enough if he wants to be starting day in day out while he still can. The guy has been very solid for us and is an extremely impressive professional.
For us moving forwards I hope that once he's more settled and got a bit fitter and stronger that Klaassen might play with either Schneiderlin or preferably Gana in that DMC roles as I think the Dutchman has the vision and intelligence to start moves quickly and incisively from deep. I think he will be a better box to box midfielder than an attacking playmaker where more might be expected in terms of pace and power and the ability to beat a man but time will tell.
28 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:56:26
29 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:00:23
If he leaves, followed by Barkley and McCarthy, we might ironically leave ourselves a bit short of PL experience in central midfield.
Good luck to you Gareth, you will be missed.
30 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:02:33
Got to be a good player if you are as slow as Gareth, and although I don't think he's good enough now for even a mid table side, I'm sure playing every week, might just help him to prove people wrong.
Good luck to him though because he's also a great competitor, doesn't lose many tackles, and can be a dirty fucker, if it means helping his team, and is quite possibly the main reason Pulis wants him?
31 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:05:33
Appreciate that we shouldn't stand in his way but it would've been good to have him in the squad.
32 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:17:17
33 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:17:21
There are some players that all Evertonians would wish the best at their future club, and if he does leave, then he gets best wishes from me (unless, of course, he's playing against...).
34 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:17:55
Barry is not the fastest player on the pitch but has the faster brain and can see a move or pass before almost anyone else on the pitch.
If he goes, good luck to him, while he has been at the club he has shown dignity off the pitch while demanding the best out of himself and team mates on the pitch.
35 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:23:16
Top player and sound lad; sad to see him go. Definitely the Baggies gain and our loss.
Good luck Gareth.
36 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:28:37
In fact Barry has probably been our best pound for pound signing since Nigel Martyn
37 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:29:01
I just wish we could have been in a position to get him when he was 25.
Thanks for the memories Gaz
Best of luck and make sure you break the appearance record.
38 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:51:57
Will get a big cheer from me when he returns with WBA!
39 Posted 15/08/2017 at 12:32:45
40 Posted 15/08/2017 at 12:43:13
Class is what I have seen, got more guile in he's little toe than most defensive midfielders in the Premier League. I will be having a few drinks to celebrate him breaking Giggs's Premier League appearances record. Good luck, Barry Blue.
41 Posted 15/08/2017 at 12:54:15
42 Posted 15/08/2017 at 13:07:08
43 Posted 15/08/2017 at 13:20:30
Slightly concerning that Schneiderlin has looked way off it to me.
44 Posted 15/08/2017 at 13:29:25
I really hope he breaks Giggs record and does well at West Brom. A real model pro.
45 Posted 15/08/2017 at 13:29:31
46 Posted 15/08/2017 at 13:33:04
47 Posted 15/08/2017 at 13:35:02
What a career. What a pro.
May not be flashy but I'd rather have 1 Gareth Barry than 1 million Diego Costas.
48 Posted 15/08/2017 at 13:39:19
49 Posted 15/08/2017 at 13:41:53
Personally I will be glad to see the back of him. I don't buy into "he has great vision and is a wonderful passer of the ball". No doubt someone who knows all the stats will prove me wrong. But, sometimes when I've watched him I genuinely wonder if he's colour blind he gives the ball away that often.
He's slow and and can't tackle. He gives away a lot of fouls usually in dangerous areas and gets booked a lot. Apart from that I really like him.
50 Posted 15/08/2017 at 13:52:26
Moyes had his Phil Neville, Martinez had Gareth Barry and now Koeman's got Rooney. Can't argue with any of that.
51 Posted 15/08/2017 at 14:30:19
52 Posted 15/08/2017 at 15:14:17
Squad needs players in, he won't be the last out!
53 Posted 15/08/2017 at 15:29:07
Schneiderlin is still in honeymoon mode it seems, he looks shagged out and high on luvvvvvvvvvv at the moment, the football is secondary...
54 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:14:41
55 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:18:31
56 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:20:30
57 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:21:57
When we signed Gareth Barry I was a bit underwhelmed.
I was wrong.
He has done a sound job, making up for the deceptive pace (he's slower than he looks) with speed of thought and experience.
Its now time for him to move on. He wants to end his career being a big fish in a smaller pond. Not warming the bench, or more likely the directors box seats, week in week out. We have a plethora of midfield players both experienced and youthful. We won't be short of cover in that area of the park.
If He decides to move into coaching I would love to see him come back. But meanwhile, let him enjoy a swansong. And when he visits with the Baggies, give him the welcome a solid, dependable ex blue deserves.
58 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:27:16
Ronald said he would have to trim the squad with loans and transfers and that before the wanted "3" signings have arrived.
59 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:30:21
60 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:32:13
Wish him nothing but the very best.
61 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:34:41
62 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:37:59
Not a starter but as a squad member still had a part to play. You can understand him wanting to play first team football more though but that's to our detriment.
So McCarthy and Besic step up the pecking order. Hope they stay fit.
63 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:43:35
64 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:45:35
Tom Davies? Pffffff
65 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:46:47
66 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:47:19
Good Luck Gareth, a true pro
67 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:50:54
68 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:56:32
69 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:00:36
70 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:04:33
Add to that the complete waste of money in buying 3 players that all and can only, play in the number 10 position, not replacing Lukaku, covering neither of the wide attacking positions, not buying an adequate replacements for Coleman, Funes Mori or Baines and now we need competition for Schneiderlin, who lets face it, has been simply dreadful in the last few games.
I'm beginning to wonder whether Koeman's on Liverpool's payroll, with a special assignment to get us bankrupt and relegated. He's doing a bloody good job! The deep lying playmaker position is probably the hardest position to fill in football, so to offer Barry to a rival, is suicide.
71 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:10:43
72 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:11:25
73 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:21:51
I can only wish Gareth all the best for the future. WBA looks like a perfect fit.
74 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:25:53
75 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:27:35
Wanted to say more, but must respect the word count.
76 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:30:21
77 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:33:28
78 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:35:37
79 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:36:23
And what's all this shite about Schneiderlin's marriage affecting his game? The biggest load of bollocks I've heard in my life. You're either a good player or you're not. I'll say this though: I bet his is the first name on the sheet for the Split game.
80 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:46:13
81 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:00:54
Good luck Gareth, and thankyou.
We are endowed with plenty of midfielders at present, so perhaps someone had to go.
82 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:07:51
83 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:08:53
84 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:15:15
Perhaps Barry himself has wisely spotted the pass early by recognizing the best type of team for the player he is at this stage of his career.
Best of luck to him. Full of the qualities that were once highly prized in a British player. The game record is now his, and well deserved.
85 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:22:58
86 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:23:14
87 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:25:30
Martyn cost us £500k and Barry was a free signing.
So he has to be better value because he cost nothing and so pound for pound, dividing anything by zero gives infinity and that is a higher number than dividing by 500,000.
Pedant, me? Never :-)
88 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:40:20
89 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:47:22
90 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:04:41
Good luck to him, fine player and a great career.
91 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:07:07
92 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:23:04
93 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:28:10
Barry would not get in any of the top six so why should he stay and hold us back. Good luck to him at West Brom and maybe Leeds or Sunderland thereafter!
94 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:29:38
95 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:31:36
He's given his all since signing, when it could have been seen on his part as a last pay day.
I wish him luck and a decent end to his fine career.
A pity he won't beat the Prem record for appearances with us but his need for first team football is commendable.
96 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:37:57
97 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:44:15
Barry has been a great pro for us and it was a pleasure watching him for a spell. Now he can only be a bit-part player for us so if he wants to go, good for him, he will always be welcome back to the club.
I hope he does go and play many more games for Brom and in doing so smash the record for most Premier League appearances
98 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:50:44
99 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:52:01
100 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:11:58
101 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:13:19
Radio 5 have just announced both this and the Sigurdsson deal (fee agreed) with loose ends tied up tomorrow.
102 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:22:45
103 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:31:13
104 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:34:43
All the best Gareth,mope you have a good spell with WBA.
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