A medical examination appears to be the only obstacle standing between Everton star Ross Barkley and a move to Chelsea following a £15million deal, after Tottenham pulled their interest in the England midfielder.
But now it looks like Everton playmaker Ross Barkley could become Chelsea's second signing of the January transfer window.
Allardyce went on to say, "The club was resigned before I got here that they were going to lose Ross".
But Chelsea have this morning seen their odds of landing Barkley slashed from 4/9 to 1/5 - shorter than they've ever been.
Barkley's exit will bring an end to his association with Everton, the club he joined as an 11-year-old and represented more than 150 times.
Tottenham have also been chasing Barkley since the summer, but chairman Daniel Levy had hoped to set up a deal to sign the 24-year-old on a free transfer at the end of the season when his Everton contract expires.
Conte is seeking cover for Alvaro Morata and has never been convinced by current understudy Michy Batshuayi, and talks between the Premier League champions and Carroll's entourage are said to have already begun.