Kevin Phillips has urged John Stones to quit Manchester City and “jump on a train” to sign for Newcastle United.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 26-year-old should seek “a fresh start” after falling out of favour at the Etihad.
The Telegraph claim that Rafael Benitez is interested in a return to St. James’ Park if a takeover is completed and wants Ross Barkley and John Stones to join him.
Stones has been limited to just 12 Premier appearances this season, 20 in all competitions, having struggled with muscle injuries over the past 18 months.
Phillips encouraged the two-times Premier League winner to join what could be an exciting project at Newcastle if the eagerly anticipated takeover is completed.
“I think John Stones should get out of Manchester City,” he told Football Insider.
“It has not quite worked out for John. He came for big money as a young lad and there was a lot of pressure.
“I like him, he is a good player and a fresh start somewhere else would do him the world of good.
“If he could jump on that train at Newcastle – who knows where it could be heading.
“He has won stuff at Manchester City but it might be that time for him to leave. I am not sure that Pep Guardiola trusts him so it might be best for all parties.”
City manager Pep Guardiola has preferred holding midfielder Fernandinho at centre-half at times which is an ominous sign for the former Everton defender.
The City defender still has two years left on his contract at the Etihad having signed a six-year deal when he left Goodison Park for £50million in 2016.
In other Newcastle United news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider 28-year-old would “jump at the chance” to join the Magpies this summer.