Tottenham are leading Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Everton defender John Stones, according to The Express.
The report has suggested that the White Hart Lane outfit have made a move for the youngster, having previously seen a bid rejected for his services. It appears that the north London side have returned with a larger offer as they look to prize the starlet away from Goodison Park in this transfer window.
It's not surprising that some of the Premier League's elite clubs have been linked with a move for the Everton man in recent time. Stones, who is just 20-years-old, played on a number of of occasions for Roberto Martinez's side last term, and was even called up to Roy Hodgson's preliminary squad for the World Cup.
Despite his lack of experience, Stones impressed many throughout 2013/14, and has even been tipped to emulate some of the finest ever Premier League defenders in John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. Everton chief Martinez, however, will be desperate to hold onto the starlet, as his club look to secure Champions League football next term.
It appears, though, that the Merseyside outfit have a huge battle on their hands as they look to keep Stones at the club, with three of the Premier League's biggest clubs interested in his services.
Spurs certainly appear to be in the driving seat for the player's signature, but it remains to be seen as to whether the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea step up their pursuit of the player in the near future. And it appears that Tottenham's offer of first-team football could attract the youngster to a move to the Lillywhites ahead of the new season.
If he was to join either of Arsenal or Chelsea, he may find himself playing back-up to some of the more experienced defenders at the London clubs. At Tottenham, however, he could be handed a key role under Mauricio Pochettino next term.
Everton boss Martinez will know the importance of keeping the youngster at the club, as his side look to overtake the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea next season. The Merseyside outfit were able to end above Spurs in the last campaign, so won't want to help them improve under Pochettino.
Stones is certainly set for an extremely bright future, and Everton fans will be hoping to see him star at Goodison Park for a little while longer yet.
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