Tottenham are reportedly interested in raiding Manchester City to sign England defender John Stones, a player Jamie Redknapp once urged Gareth Southgate to build the England squad around back in October 2017.
The Daily Star claimed this week that 25-year-old Stones was fighting a losing battle to save his Manchester City career with Pep Guardiola keen on luring Leonardo Bonucci to the Premier League from Italian champions Juventus.
The Express went one further than that report, and claimed both Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing 39-time England international Stones. City want at least £50million for his signature.
Tottenham certainly need a new centre-back given Jan Vertonghen is due to leave the club at the end of the season, as his contract nears expiration. Stones, who is eight years youngers than Vertonghen, would be a decent addition.
Even more so, when listening to Redknapp’s claim from little over two years ago about the former Everton and Barnsley star. He urged Gareth Southgate to build the England squad around Stones in an interview with Sky Sports.
“I look at [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Ramos, [Raphael] Varane, he could be as good as any of them,” Redknapp said about Stones in 2017. “Absolutely no doubt at all, he’s got all the credentials. He’s quick, at times he takes liberties, but that’s because he takes risks.
“He’s right at the top of the game. We’re looking at modern football now, playing out from the back, someone who is comfortable on the ball. He can be anything he wants. The Spanish would be all over him.”
Suggesting he could be as good as Sergio Ramos should be enough evidence for Jose Mourinho – who has been linked in the past through Chelsea and Manchester United – to sign Stones.
Alongside Toby Alderweireld, it promises to be a centre-back pairing for years to come in the Premier League.