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Friday, 30 June, 2000, 07:08 GMT 08:08 UK
Barmby's future in Reds hands
Nick Barmby
Barmby's England performances raised his profile again
Nick Barmby's footballing future is now in the hands of Liverpool after he shocked his club Everton with a request to move to their Merseyside rivals.

Everton placed Barmby on the transfer list after the midfielder rejected the club's offer of a new contract and revealed he preferred a move across the city.

Blues boss Walter Smith says Liverpool had asked to be kept informed about Barmby and he now expects them to make an official approach.

Chelsea have also been linked with Barmby, who has one year left on his Goodison contract, and Smith is keen to offload the England international regardless of the buyer.



The club have had to place Nick on the official transfer list and obviously from our point of view, other clubs will be alerted

Everton manager Walter Smith
"The player gave the indication to myself yesterday that his desired club would be Liverpool," said Smith on the Everton ClubCall.

"We have had contact from Liverpool prior to this asking to be kept abreast of the situation.

"With the player wishing to go there at the present moment, we will now inform Liverpool and see where we go from there.

"So far no official discussions have taken place.

Any move could now hinge on the two club's agreeing a fee for former Spurs player Barmby.

It is thought Everton could want as much as 8m for Barmby who forced himself back into the international set-up for Euro 2000.

Smith added: "But it's not certain that agreement can be reached. Although a player may wish to go to a club, it's always difficult for clubs, especially those who are as close together as Liverpool and Everton, to reach agreement.

"So with that in mind the club have had to place Nick on the official transfer list and obviously from our point of view, other clubs will be alerted.

"We will have to sit and wait for the outcome of discussions between myself and Liverpool and maybe what other interested clubs come along."

Liverpool are refusing to comment on Barmby, although it is understood that boss Gerard Houllier is interested in the 26-year-old who has one year left on his Everton contract.

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