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    Gareth Barry targeting Champions League qualification at Everton

    Gareth Barry is targeting Champions League qualification for Everton.

    Barry finalised a season-long loan switch to Goodison Park just minutes before Monday’s transfer deadline after failing out of favour at Manchester City.

    With Roberto Martinez also sealing late deals for James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku, Barry believes a top four finish in the Premier League is a realistic target for his new club.

    “For Everton at the moment, a great season is to try and challenge for that fourth place,” the 32-year-old said.

    “If I can help this squad get up there then that will be fantastic. Certainly that should be the target.”

    Barry is out of contract at City next summer, and the England international has his sights on a longer stay on Merseyside.

    He added: “That will happen if I can produce good performances this season and stay fit and put a good run of games together.

    “It is all down to me and impressing the club. I don’t see why [staying beyond my loan deal] can’t happen.”

    And Barry has hailed Martinez as key to his decision to join the Toffees.

    “Speaking to the manager, he persuaded me straight away really,” he added.

    “He spoke highly of myself, he spoke highly of the club and the players that are here. It didn’t take much deciding to realise I could settle in here.”

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