Everton are in talks tonight with highly-rated teenage defender John Stones over a move to Goodison Park after having an offer accepted by Championship side Barnsley.
The £3million rated Stones is regarded as one of the best young defenders in the Championship and has been courted by a number of Premier League clubs including Everton, Wigan, Sunderland and Fulham.
They are also believed to be trying to sign Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo after pulling the plug on a move for Dutchman Leroy Fer. Fer’s switch to Goodison Park collapsed on medical grounds, a lingering knee problem forcing Everton to try to renegotiate an earlier £8.6million transfer with FC Twente.
David Moyes wants to act quickly with Negredo, a 27-year-old forward who has been watched by Spurs recently, high on the priority list. He would also cost around £8million if Everton could lure him from Spain.
Moyes is anxious for a reinforcement to maintain his pursuit of the Champions League places and former Real Madrid striker would fit the bill.
There was frustration as FC Twente refused to budge on the deal for Fer. “It’s a real shame. We thought we had a talented play coming to Goodison,” Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said. “There were some issues and we have to put the club’s interest first.
"We thought long and hard about it but it didn’t work out because we have to think carefully about how we spend our money. Now we are looking at other options.”