Tottenham make shock move to sign John Stones on loan from Manchester City

Tottenham enquired about taking John Stones on loan from Manchester City, with a view to signing the central defender on a permanent deal for £20million.

But Stones, it is understood, wants to remain at City until told he is no longer needed.

The Englishman has made just one appearance for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, playing the full 90 minutes of City’s 3-1 win over Wolves in their opening match.

Pep Guardiola says he is ‘proud of his players’ despite dropping five points in two games.

Stones joined City from Everton for £47.5million four years ago but he has failed to become the cornerstone of the defence.

After playing a pivotal role in Guardiola’s first title-winning campaign his form has dropped off with injuries also halting his development. His struggles in recent seasons have seen him drop out of Gareth Southgate’s England plans.

The central area of defence has been a problem position for Guardiola during his time at the club and City have splashed out more than £400million on defenders since 2016.

Stones has fallen further down the pecking order at City following arrival of Ruben Dias

This summer they have brought in Nathan Ake for £40m from Bournemouth and last week they spent £64m on Ruben Dias from Benfica.

Two new recruits have put Stones even further down the pecking order at the Etihad but the 26-year-old is willing to stay at the club.

Tottenham have been busy in the transfer market this summer, signing Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hjojberg, Matt Doherty, Joe Hart, Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius as Jose Mourinho continues to make his mark on the side in his first full season in charge.