Many West Ham United fans on social media are split over whether or not David Moyes should attempt to sign Manchester City defender John Stones during the summer transfer window.
Moyes is believed to be a fan of Stones and has expressed a desire to add the former Everton player to his ranks in the current market, per ExWHUemployee, having decided that a new centre-half is among his priorities.
The Hammers are yet to formalise their interest in the 39-cap England international and are yet to decide how best to approach the Citizens, with a potential loan approach still under consideration at the London Stadium rather than an outright purchase this time around.
City are said to be open to parting with Stones following their successful move to sign Nathan Ake from AFC Bournemouth after the Cherries’ relegation, with Pep Guardiola seeking a clear-out at the Etihad Stadium.
Stones’ uncertain future has also been met with an alleged £20million asking price, which is low enough to appeal to Moyes who signed the 26-year-old from Barnsley back in 2013 before leaving to join Manchester United just months later.
If Moyes is able to convince the West Ham board that Stones would be good value for money at the asking price touted, he would be sure to delight a number of Irons supporters.
Fans have been sharing their views on social media, with many keen to see Stones at the London Stadium as he is ‘too good’ for the Hammers despite only starting 12 of his 16 Premier League appearances this season.
At the end of the day, he is an upgrade on our defence. So yes. https://t.co/LnrwbQuU7L
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) August 14, 2020
– like to play football
– will have something to prove
— WHUassistant (@WHUassistant) August 14, 2020
I don’t get anyone saying no, he’s too good for us if anything
— H (@WhuHazz) August 14, 2020
All day long If we don’t have to pay for all his wages
— Adam Tucker (@AdamTuckTuck) August 14, 2020
Stones helped City to keep three clean sheets in the Premier League this term, thanks to an average 1.0 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 1.9 clearances, 1.4 ground duels won and 2.8 aerial duels won per game. He also took 71.0 touches and completed 60.9 passes (94%), of which 34.9 (95%) came in the Sky Blues’ territory, per Sofa Score data.
Some West Ham fans would be against signing Stones, though, as the City man can be prone to an error, with two mistakes leading to shots and having lost possession 4.1 times per league game this term.
He is a decent player no doubt although there is a but;
1. With us pleading poverty fee & wage likely prohibitive
2. Can often get caught on the ball in dangerous positions
3. Does have an error in him which can put you under undue pressure
4. PG doesn’t trust him to defend
— Mike (@mhare641) August 14, 2020
John stones at the top of his game would be great, but we won’t get that version of him, and we need players who will fight for the club. It’s a no from me. We have more pressing needs than cb anyway
— ⚒James McCarthy⚒ (@James_McCarthy5) August 14, 2020
Why does anyone want a mistake riddled Center back who wasn’t very good at Everton let alone city.
— Dan Ellis (@xDellisOfficial) August 14, 2020
If he’s 20m I’d absolutely be looking elsewhere in order to be able to by new FBs which are a higher priority and combined their wages will be less than what Stones makes!
— Alex Hartley (@AlexHartley9) August 15, 2020
Any relevant finances related to signing Stones would also be key for some West Ham fans to green-light his arrival at the London Stadium, as a few feel the Barnsley-born centre-back could be too expensive at £20m plus his contract demands.
If City subsidize his wages heavily and we can get him on a loan w/ an option to buy in our favor, I’m all for it. Otherwise there are cheaper options out there for our limited budget
— Michael ⚒ Zdenek (@MichaelZdenek) August 14, 2020
— LenaStarrWHU⚒ (@LenaWHU) August 14, 2020