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Everton to turn Stones request down

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Everton will hold firm and deny John Stones transfer request despite renewed interest from Chelsea, who are reported to be preparing a £40 million bid.

The 21 year old central defender has been the subject of much interest over the summer with Manchester United and the more vocal in their pursuit, Chelsea looking to sign the England international but Everton manager Roberto Martinez said  “Sometimes money can’t buy everything and that is going to be a very strong statement at Everton. This is not a moment when we can use any money to get us stronger.”

Stones featured in Everton’s 5-3 extra time win over Barnsley in the League Cup and was backed by the Toffee’s faithful throughout the contest and looks set to stay at Goodison Park for the moment.

Chelsea have been looking for a central defender since there unconvincing start to the Premier League season which included a 3-0 loss to title rivals Manchester City. Manager Jose Mourinho will be looking for a long term replacement for John Terry, who has had a difficult start to the season.

Manchester United, whilst no world has come out from the club, have yet to settle on a back four and Stones could be seen as an upgrade on their current options should Louis van Gaal consider a bid for the Everton youngster. With both teams now confirmed to be playing in the Champions League, Stones will not be cup-tied and should Everton hold out, a move in January could still yet occur.

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