Manchester City’s John Stones looks dejected after conceding the third goal (REUTERS)

Ray Parlour has suggested on talkSPORT that Arsenal should make a move for reported West Ham United target John Stones.

According to The Sun, both Arsenal and West Ham are interested in signing Stones from Premier League rivals Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

It has been reported by the British tabloid that the former Everton central defender could be available for £20 million.

West Ham manager David Moyes worked with Stones when they were at Everton, and that will probably give the Hammers an edge over Arsenal.

Former Arsenal star Parlour, who now works as a pundit for talkSPORT, believes that Mikel Arteta’s side should make a bid for the 26-year-old.



Parlour said on talkSPORT: “That would be a great deal for West Ham if they could get John Stones for £20million, especially when you look at Nathan Ake who is going to City for £40m.

“Arsenal are desperate for a centre-half, so why don’t they take a chance and try to put in a bid for Stones?

“He’s had a bad time in recent years and he hasn’t really gone to where City thought he might go to, but you don’t become a bad defender overnight, he just needs a bit of coaching.

“And that’s where it could be key with Arsenal, because obviously Arteta has worked with him over the last few years at Man City. But if West Ham could get him for that price it would be a great deal, an absolutely brilliant deal.”

England’s Ray Parlour (Reuters)

Bargain signing for Arsenal?

Although Stones has not really been a massive success at City, there is no doubt that the 26-year-old is a very good defender who showed what he is capable of when he was at Everton.

Injures and competition for places have affected the 26-year-old in recent years, but his talent is there.

In the current economic climate, getting an international defender yet to hit his peak at the price of £20 million would be a bargain for Arsenal.

True, Arsenal do have quite a few centre-backs on their books, but if the Gunners can get Stones for £20 million, then they should at least think about it.

Manchester City’s John Stones during training (REUTERS)

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