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Arsenal must battle West Ham for £20m Stones, says Parlour

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The former Arsenal midfielder thinks with ‘a bit of coaching’ John Stones could become quite the catch for the Gunners.

It’s been a forgettable season for Stones amid struggles to win back his spot at Manchester City. Thus, he could seek an exit to West Ham this summer for £20m.

The Hammers are reportedly prepared to splash the cash and it seems City may be willing to do business, with Nathan Ake reportedly on his way from Bournemouth.

Stones’ former club Everton are also reportedly in contention for his services next season.

But Ray Parlour, who made 466 appearances during his 13 years as an Arsenal player, suggested the 26-year-old could solve the club’s leaky backline.

“That would be a great deal for West Ham if they could get John Stones for £20 million,” Parlour told talkSPORT.

“Especially when you look at Nathan Ake who is going to City for £40m…

“Arsenal are desperate for a center-half, so why don’t they take a chance and try to put in a bid for Stones?

“He’s had a bad time in recent years and he hasn’t really gone to where City thought he might go to, but you don’t become a bad defender overnight, he just needs a bit of coaching.

“And that’s where it could be key with Arsenal, because obviously [Mikel] Arteta has worked with him over the last few years at Man City.

“But if West Ham could get him for that price it would be a great deal, an absolutely brilliant deal.”