West Ham ‘lead Arsenal in £20m race for Manchester City defender John Stones’ as David Moyes chases reunion with former Everton man
- John Stones is surplus to requirements after falling out of favour at Man City
- City have agreed a £41m deal to sign Nathan Ake – leaving Stones on periphery
- David Moyes is keen for a reunion with Stones after managing him at Everton
West Ham United are reportedly set to beat Arsenal to the £20 million signing of Manchester City defender John Stones.
Stones is surplus to requirements at City after falling down the pecking order at the Etihad following a prolonged run of poor form and injury.
City have also agreed a £41m deal to sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, meaning Stones faces an uphill task to regain his place if he stays at the Etihad.
West Ham are reportedly leading the race to sign John Stones in a £20m deal from Man City
Stones has fallen down the pecking order at Man City following a run of bad form and injury
City boss Pep Guardiola appears to have lost faith in Stones after relegating him to the bench
His struggles at City have sparked interest from the Hammers and West Ham who are both prepared to meet the club’s £20m valuation.
However, Moyes’ personal connection with Stones, having previously managed the England international during his time at Everton looks set to prove key.
Moyes signed Stones in a £3m deal from Barnsley in January 2013 and helped him to settle into life at Merseyside before he took charge of Manchester United six months later.
Stones eventually followed Moyes to Manchester, when he joined United’s bitter rivals, City, in a £47.5m deal in August 2016.
The Blues have had a £41million bid for defender Nathan Ake accepted by Bournemouth
David Moyes bought Stones from Barnsley for £3m when he was Everton boss in January 2013
At the time, the 26-year-old seemed like a perfect fit for Pep Guardiola’s possession-based style but individual errors and injury have soured his time at the Etihad.
Stones has made just 23 appearances in all competitions this season, with his last outing coming as a second half substitute during the 4-0 win over Watford.
That looks likely to be his final appearance for the club, with Guardiola losing trust in the centre-back and playing the likes of Eric Garcia and Fernandinho ahead of him at the heart of the back four.
Guardiola was caught on camera scolding Stones for not being ready to come on as a substitute following an injury to Rodri during the Champions League clash with Atalanta earlier this season.
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