Everton face a battle to keep hold of defender John Stones.

The Daily Express says Tottenham have leapfrogged Chelsea and Arsenal in the race for Stones after launching a fresh bid for his services.

The north London outfit have already seen a bid rejected by the Toffees, but have returned with a larger sum in order to tempt Roberto Martinez and Bill Kenwright into parting with the youngster.

New Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sees Stones as an ideal replacement for Barcelona target Jan Vertonghen.

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