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Everton manager Walter Smith has revealed that Manchester United are set to steal in and pinch Nick Barmby from under Liverpool’s noses.
Barmby has openly expressed his desire to move to Anfield, a wish that has made his position at Everton almost untenable given the rivalry between the two Merseyside clubs, but Smith has insisted that a fee must first be agreed before any switch can take place.

He said: "There has not been any contact from Liverpool since last week, but Sir Alex Ferguson has called.

"He told me he was interested in Nick Barmby and wanted to be kept informed.

"That means Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all inquired about him in the last couple of weeks, so playing for Everton has not done him too much harm, has it?

"He was struggling a couple of years ago. Now suddenly there are big clubs asking about him. If he wants to leave, he can. It's his decision.

"But I want to stress that none of the players who have expressed a wish to go will be allowed to unless the clubs who want them match our valuation. If they don't, the players concerned will have to stay," he told the Daily Mail.
 
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I think he'll prefer Man Utd instead of Liverpool, it could see Nicky Butt out the door though.
 

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Everton boss Walter Smith is hatching a sensational swap deal which will see Nick Barmby AND brilliant defender Michael Ball join Manchester United in exchange for Nicky Butt and Jonathon Greening.

But eurofootball.com can exclusively reveal that Smith is being kept on tenterhooks by the England star who remains desperate to join Liverpool.

Smith has been a huge fan of Butt's for years and will allow the move to go through once the former Spurs player gives the nod.

Having revealed United's interest, Smith is keen to get things tied up before the first team squad leave for a pre-season training camp in Italy next week.

He will do everything he can to push the deal through and is convinced he can sell the club to Butt who is hungry for regular first team football.

He wants a new challenge and is almost certain to agree as Sir Alex piles on the pressure on the player at the Old Trafford end.

Smith has recently rejected an inquiry from Leicester City for Ball where Peter Taylor was keen to do business.

Once again the Old Trafford master manager has beaten everybody to the punch although the deal would spell disaster for Euro 2000 flop Gary Neville.

Fergie has run out of patience with the inconsistent performance and sees Ball as the quality defender he requires.

Smith is also ready to start fresh contract talks with Don Hutchison whose alleged dressing room fall outs with Fulham-bound John Collins were at the root of his problems.

Smith though wants the first move to come from him as he believes the Scottish international should demonstrate his desire to stay at Goodison.
 
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