Rio Ferdinand suggested that Manchester City ace John Stones should consider joining West Ham this summer in order to reinvigorate his flagging career, when speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail.
Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring Stones to the London Stadium this summer, according to ExWHUemployee.
The Sun also reported at the start of this month that the Hammers were ready to bid £20 million for the 26-year-old City centre-back.
Stones’s career seems to be flagging at the Etihad. He has fallen well down the pecking order at City under Pep Guardiola.
Rolling stone gathers no moss
And a move away from Manchester City might be just what he needs in order to reinvigorate his career.
He is standing still with the Citizens. Stones must keep moving if he wants to re-establish himself as one of the best defenders in world football.
Rio Ferdinand told the Daily Mail that taking a step down to West Ham might actually benefit the 39-capped England international:
“If I’m him, I am thinking ‘wow’. You’ve got Otamendi coming in front of him and even Garcia, who is not committed to the club. Moyes knows him. It would be a massive drop in expectation from a club point of view but needs must sometimes. Where’s he going to go get a game? That’s what he needs to think about. He needs to play football. He’s not played consistent football consecutively for how long now?”
Ferdinand certainly has a point. Stones needs to be playing regularly if he is to force his way back into Gareth Southgate’s England team before next summer’s Euros.
West Ham would actually be a very good move for the 26-year-old.
It just remains to be seen whether the Hammers are ready to pay the money it will take to prise the Englishman away from the Etihad this summer.