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West Ham ‘leapfrog Arsenal in £20m chase for Manchester City defender John Stones’

Manchester City defender John Stones could be set for a reunion with former boss David Moyes at West Ham, according to the Sun.

The Blues have had a £41million bid for defender Nathan Ake accepted by Bournemouth on Thursday after they were relegated from the Premier League.

It means England defender Stones, 26, could be available for just £20m and that has alerted Hammers boss Moyes.

Stones joined Everton from Barnsley in a £3m deal in January 2013 but Moyes moved to Manchester United a few months later.

Arsenal are also in the hunt for Stones, who recently opened up on his difficulty with form and fitness issues.  

He told Sky Sports: ‘It has been really frustrating from a personal perspective. Injury re-occurrence, then little things like getting injured a few days in after lockdown.

‘It’s been frustrating. I’ve tried to stay positive, and be ready when I’m called upon, and I feel I have been. 

‘Coming back after lockdown, getting fit again, and then coming back in and playing against some tough opponents.’ 

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