Sunderland, Fulham battle for Barnsley fullback Stones

Sunderland and Fulham are battling for Barnsley right back John Stones. Wigan Athletic are also waiting in the wings, says the People.

Sunderland and Fulham are battling for Barnsley right back John Stones.

Wigan Athletic are also waiting in the wings, says the People.

O’Neill made a ­surprise £2m move for the ­England youth cap and wants him to fill a gap in his squad in the next few days.

The Black Cats’ bid has topped Fulham’s latest offer of £1.7m, with Martin Jol keen to land the top prospect before the window shuts.

Wigan are waiting until a fee is fixed, with boss Roberto Martinez not willing to pay the £3m ­valuation but interested if the price drops.

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