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Tottenham Hotspur Fail In Bid To Sign Young England International

Everton reject Spurs advances.

Tottenham Hotspur have made an approach to Everton regarding the availability of England defender John Stones, according to The Sun.

Everton have bluntly rejected the advances from White Hart Lane, insisting that the 20-year-old is not for sale to anyone.

Stones has made 26 first-team appearances for the Toffees since signing from Barnsley for a fee in the region of £3m in January.

The Yorkshireman, who can play at right-back or centre-half, started 15 Premier League games last season, impressing England boss Roy Hodgson enough to earn a play on the standby list for his FIFA World Cup squad.

Stones made his senior international debut in May’s 3-0 win over Peru at Wembley Stadium, before winning his only other cap to date in a 2-2 draw with Ecuador in Miami.

He has four years left to run on his current contract at Goodison Park.

With Stones looking unattainable, Tottenham may step up their pursuit of Southampton’s Dejan Lovren.

Lovren has been linked with Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal, but the Saints are keen to keep the Croatian at St Mary’s, having already parted with manager Mauricio Pochettino, left-back Luke Shaw, midfielder Adam Lallana and forward Rickie Lambert this summer.

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