The Goodison club want to reward him with a big deal - but it is proving difficult because he is in a dispute between agents.
The 19-year-old Stones was taken to Everton by Yorkshire-based Star Management Signings, but now major firm WMG have stepped in for him.
Agent Paul Martin - one of the leading wheeler-dealers with WMG - is expected to be Stones' new advisor when his old representation deal runs out. But as Stones is under contract to his present agent for a few months, a worrying delay is emerging.
Both agents will want a slice of a potentially huge new contract, so the dispute is clouding negotiations and signing for longer and more cash.
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