Danny Mills has urged Everton to make a move for Leeds United loan star Ben White rather than explore the possibility of re-signing John Stones from Man City.
The former Leeds United full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was adamant that White, 22, would provide far better value for money than the England international.
City are interested in Mason Holgate and may offer Stones, 26, in part exchange with Pep Guardiola seeing the defender as surplus to requirements.
Football Insider has already revealed that the Toffees are in the market for a centre-half this summer with Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes a top target.
However, Mills is adamant that Ancelotti should look no further than Brighton defender and current Leeds loanee Ben White.
“I am not sure Carlo Ancelotti would want Stones,” he told Football Insider. “That is the biggest problem that John Stones has.
“We are talking about a World Cup semi-finalist and he has had a dramatic fall from grace. One or two issues off the field and on field performances have not been great.
“He is not where everyone thought he would be at this stage of his career.
“He is on big money. Who is going to be prepared to pay that? He’s not in good form. There are better defenders out there for less money
“He may cost you £35million. Would you rather take him or take Ben White from Brighton for £20million and a lot less wages. I know where I would be going with that one.”
In other Everton news, a defender at the club has been told to find a new club after hamstring blow.
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