Any Spurs fans who hadn’t paid particularly close attention to England’s warm up matches ahead of the World Cup – e.g. me – could be forgiven for wondering who exactly John Stones might be. Earlier in July, some sites were linking us to an English World Cup defender but while those headlines were stretching the truth a little, it could have been worse.
Those early stories disappeared very quickly after current club Everton were thought to have rejected a bid but some 10 days later, the Express has resurrected this one.
Stones is 20 and has been with the Toffees since January 2013 when he signed on at Goodison from Barnsley for a fee in the region of £3m. Last season he played 26 senior games for the side and found himself on standby for the World Cup squad after earning two caps in the warm up friendlies.
According to the Express report, Spurs are prepared to go back in with a further offer amidst renewed speculation that Jan Vertonghen may be heading to Barcelona.