According to reports from The Daily Mail, Manchester City are targeting Everton’s John Stones and West Ham’s Reece Oxford ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Etihad outfit’s long-term transfer interest in Stones is no great secret, having been linked with him continuously since the end of last season.
The England international’s performances have come under criticism for a lack of maturity at times this term, but the Citizens believe that is more an issue of form rather than quality.
According to The Daily Mail, City are also considering a formal transfer approach for West Ham’s teenage defender Reece Oxford, who rose to attention with his strong performance against Arsenal on the first day of the season.
City are well aware that the heart of their defence represents a real problem area ahead of the summer transfer window, having conceded the joint-most goals of any side in the Premier League’s top five this season.
Martin Demichelis looks set to leave the club on a free transfer, whilst Vincent Kompany’s injury problems are notorious and Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala have struggled to justify their price-tags.
Oxford and Stones represent potential long-term solutions but rated as amongst of the most promising home-grown talent in the top flight, sealing deals for both in the coming transfer window could prove incredibly costly.