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Friday 9 December 2016

Barnsley deny Moyes' claim of £1.25m Stones deal

Former Everton boss David Moyes
Former Everton boss David Moyes

Barnsley have firmly denied former Everton boss David Moyes' claims that the Merseyside club paid only £1.25million for John Stones.

Everton signed Stones from Barnsley in January 2013 for an undisclosed fee, understood to be £3million - and turned down a reported offer of £37million for the England defender from Chelsea during the summer.

"I laugh when people say we paid £3million for John Stones. It was £1.25million," Moyes told Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday.

"It was in the January and the last signing of the window. We were trying to bring a striker in that we needed but we didn't have the money."

Barnsley have expressed their disappointment in Moyes' assertion and released a statement on their official website following an angry response from their supporters.

"Barnsley FC has been asked by a significant number of fans to clarify the situation regarding the recent comments made by David Moyes on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday and attributed to him on the Mirror website on 14 February 2016 and elsewhere, regarding the fee paid by Everton for the transfer of John Stones from our club," the statement said.

"Ordinarily, we would not comment on matters of speculation, but the article on the Mirror website carries the headline, 'David Moyes reveals Everton paid just £1.25million to sign John Stones from Barnsley'.

"The amount paid by Everton to Barnsley is Commercial in Confidence, and we would have expected that David Moyes would be bound by that obligation of confidentiality to his former employer."

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