Barsnley aren’t interested in David Moyes and the fee he believes Everton paid to sign John Stones in 2013.
The highly-rated English defender was snapped up by the Toffees three years ago after impressing with the Tykes in 28 appearances for the club.
The fee Everton paid for him has never been disclosed, despite Moyes – then in charge of Everton – insisting in a recent appearance on Sky’s Goals on Sunday show that he cost just £1.25million.
He said: “I laugh when people say we paid £3million for John Stones, it was £1.25million.”
That’s obviously angered Barnsley enough to publicly condemn his words on their official website.
The League One outfit accuse Moyes of being “unequivocally wrong” in their strong statement and go on to say he played no part in the negotiations which ended up with Stones heading to Goodison Park.
In the statement, Barnsley 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.
“However, given the categoric nature of the assertion made, it is incumbent on Barnsley FC to correct such a statement when it is markedly and unequivocally wrong and yet is made by someone that the public might think is authoritative on the subject.”
That’ll teach Moyes not to mess with Barnsley again.
The reason Stones’ cost for Everton is a popular subject is because of the defender’s form for the majority of the last two English Premier League seasons.
Chelsea had three bids rejected for Stones in the summer and there is continued speculation surrounding his future despite Roberto Martinez insisting he’s going nowhere.
But when the day comes that Everton decide to cash in on the England international, they stand to make a great profit regardless of whether it was £1.25million or £3million they spent on signing him from Barnsley.