Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged the Gunners to challenge West Ham in their pursuit of John Stones, following reports the centre-back is set for a £20million move to the London Stadium.

It is claimed the Manchester City and England defender could seal a reunion with his former Everton boss David Moyes in east London this summer, with the Hammers currently leading the race for his signature.

Man City are set to sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth to replace John Stones, who has been linked with moves to West Ham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leeds
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Stones is widely expected to end his four-year stay at the Etihad after City had a £41m bid accepted for Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake this week.

His contract expires in 2022 and, according to The Sun, he is available for just £20m this summer, with Moyes keen to bring the player he signed from Barnsley for just £3m in 2012 to east London.

Arsenal have also been linked with an interest in Stones, with Mikel Arteta desperate to bolster his back four and the Spaniard also having previously worked with the defender during his coaching career at City.

However, it is claimed the Gunners must sell before they are able to buy this summer, which is why West Ham are the favourites to land him.

But Parlour insists the possibility of landing a player of Stones’ quality for a great price is a no-brainer, and has urged the Gunners to bid for the 26-year-old.

“That would be a great deal for West Ham if they could get John Stones for £20million,” the Highbury legend told the talkSPORT Breakfast.

“Especially when you look at Nathan Ake who is going to City for £40m…

Stones made just 16 Premier League appearances for City this season
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“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.”

Listen to a clip of Ray Parlour on talkSPORT Breakfast above




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