Everton midfielder Ross Barkley enters into the final year of his contract shortly.
With a new deal yet to be penned, speculation is mounting that the England international could seek a move away from Merseyside.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the 23-year-old has received an offer from the club but is yet to commit to an extension.
He said: “I think it’s his responsibility and the responsibility of his agent to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ because that’s what the club needs to know because we can’t wait until the last moment.
“It’s not good for the player and it’s not good for the club.”
Koeman also confirmed that he and club Chairman Bill Kenwright have held a meeting to discuss the situation.
Barkley was recently involved in a Liverpool nightclub bust up with an unnamed man and fans are beginning to speculate that the midfielder could want a move away from the city where he attracts so much attention.
In six months time, Barkley will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs ahead of a potential bosman move next summer. Everton, although desperate to keep hold of the player, will be keen to cash in on Barkley if the alternative means losing him for nothing.
The England international could attract interest from clubs at the top end of the Premier League table, especially if he’s available on a free transfer.
Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for Barkley in the sections of the press.
Steven Gerrard is set to take charge of Liverpool’s U18 team from next season.
The Reds legend has been working at the club’s Academy since January having taken a role across numerous age groups, but will take over the U18s in the summer
The 36-year-old, who has made no secret of his desire to enter full-time management, rejoined Liverpool in January to take up an academy coaching role at Kirkby.
Liverpool’s longest-serving captain, who won 114 caps for England, called time on his playing career four months ago when he left MLS side LA Galaxy after 18 months with the club.
Following his retirement, the former England captain turned down the chance to become MK Dons manager last November following talks with chairman Pete Winkelman, saying the challenge to replace Karl Robinson at the League One side came “a bit too soon”.
But now Gerrard, who made over 700 appearances for The Reds, is set to take the first step in his coaching career by taking charge of the Liverpool youngsters.
Gerrard’s impending appointment will trigger a reshuffle at the academy’s Kirkby base, with current Under-18 coach Neil Critchley potentially moving up to take charge of the Under-23s.