According to The Telegraph, rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target John Stones is set to be rewarded for his improved run of form with a long-term deal by Manchester City.
Spurs were on the lookout for a centre-back during the summer transfer window and considered signing Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea on loan after their deal for Milan Skriniar collapsed (Football Insider).
Another player who Tottenham tried to land on a temporary deal on transfer deadline day was Stones, who had fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad, especially after the arrivals of Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias in the summer.
The Daily Star claimed that Pep Guardiola’s side were ready to sanction the deal but Stones decided against making the move to Spurs as he was reluctant to uproot his family and move to London.
The England international’s decision to stay at City has worked out very well for him as he has forced his way back into the side this season, having started four of City’s last five league games, helping Guardiola’s men to keep a clean sheet each time.
If The Telegraph is to be believed, Tottenham can now forget about snapping up the 26-year-old in January as he is about to put pen to paper on a new contract at the club.
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So now that Stones is not going to be available and Chelsea are unlikely to sell Rudiger to a direct rival, we might have little choice but to return for Milan Skriniar. With Sanchez potentially on his way out, the Slovak might be the ideal option to add some much-needed experience to our backline.
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