Everton are considering a loan move for England midfielder Gareth Barry after he was told he could leave Manchester City.

Barry 32 has been informed his chances of regular first-team football under Manuel Pellegrini are limited and Goodison Park manager Roberto Martinez is interested in offering him a fresh start.

Pellegrini omitted Barry from City’s squad for the final warm-up game with Arsenal in Helsinki last week and views Yaya Toure and his new signing Fernandinho as the first-choice central midfielders with Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia as back-up.

Barry has not given up on forcing his way back into the England reckoning in the countdown to next summer’s World Cup but knows he must play in order to do so.

He is entering the final year of the contract he signed when arriving at City for £12m in 2009 and while Everton would have to broker some arrangement with City on Barry’s £90000-a-week wages Martinez is keen to explore the opportunity.

While Barry considers his options Ross Barkley 19 is hoping the confidence Martinez has instilled in him will accelerate his development in what he accepts must became a breakthrough campaign.

Barkley is in contention to claim a starting role when the Martinez era officially begins today at Norwich.

The England Under-21 midfielder said: “He said he wants me to enjoy my football and express myself on the pitch score a few goals do well and hopefully push myself this season.

“He has been positive and he has given me confidence and I feel like I’m playing well under him.”