Young Everton centre back John Stones is attracting the interest of the Premier League heavyweights with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all pondering a move for the youngster.
According to report, the 20 year old figures high on the shopping list for several big clubs looking to invest in young defenders with Mauricio Pochettino, the new Tottenham Hotspur manager a keen admirer of the player as well as Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.
The reports stated that Spurs are currently leading the race to sign the England international and the new manager is eyeing the youngster as a replacement for Belgian centre back Jan Vertonghen who has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.
Stones joined Everton only last summer from Barnsley from the Championship for a fee of around £ 3 million but with the way he has performed, the Toffees can recoup all that money and make a huge profit on their investment.
The England man played 21 games for the Toffees last season and was so impressive that he was taken with the England side for the World Cup preparations in the United States of America by Roy Hodgson, although he missed out on the final squad.
Roberto Martinez, the Everton manager are keen to hold on to the player for a couple of more seasons and the club is in a strong financial footing after finishing in the top five last season and is under no pressure to sell one of his prized assets.
And that means it will take a bid of stratospheric amounts in order to make the club sell one of the brightest young prospects in defense that the English game has seen since a fresh faced Rio Ferdinand burst on to the scene almost 20 years back.
MLS has denied suggestions that former Manchester United star David Beckham is set to scupper his plans to open a new franchise in Miami and instead take over Chivas USA. Beckham’s plans to start new franchise in Miami has been hit by protests against the stadium plans. Even though the 38-year-old announced that he plans to put his money into the stadium rather than depend upon the money from the council for this new stadium, the proposed location of this arena has been met with a lot of criticism. Beckham has chosen one of the hottest locations in the world – Miami beachfront – to build his new stadium.
As a result, there have been suggestions that he could end plans to start this franchise and instead focus on buying an existing franchise like Chivas USA. Yahoo reporters suggested that Beckham had met with a couple of Chinese and Asian investors, who would be partnering him with this bid. Beckham’s group recently submitted a second offer to the Miami council in the hope of starting work on the new stadium, but this has also been rejected. MLS Commissioner Don Garber recently appeared to hint that the franchise was back at square one, which may lead to plans of it being dropped.
MLS president Mark Abbott, though, dismissed rumours about Beckham buying into Chivas USA. “I don’t know where that report came from. There’s no discussion about that right now. The league is not engaged in this conversation with [Beckham’s group] about Chiva,” said MLS president. Beckham had agreed a clause in his contract, when he moved to LA Galaxy in 2007, and it would enable him to setup a MLS franchise for a fraction of the cost. The franchise in Miami would cost the former Real Madrid superstar more than £ 15 million.