League One side goes on the offensive against ex-Everton and Man Utd boss David Moyes
Barnsley have hit out at former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes over comments he made about the fee paid by the Toffees to sign John Stones.
England international Stones, aged 21, is tipped to make a big-money move to United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Barcelona this summer.
In an appearance on Sky Sports last weekend, Moyes claimed he had paid just £1.25m to bring the youngster to Goodison Park from Barnsley in January 2013.
Those comments have angered the League One side. The Tykes have now issued a statement in which they suggest that the fee mentioned by Moyes is incorrect and that the amount paid is confidential and should not be discussed by the former Everton boss in any case.
They also played down Moyes’ role in the transfer negotiations.
The Barnsley statement read: “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.
“This is particularly the case since he has cited the same erroneous fee on previous occasions also. David Moyes played no part in any negotiation with Barnsley FC concerning the transfer of John Stones, which may explain why he is mistaken as to the fee paid.”
Everton rejected three bids – the highest being for a reported £30m – from Chelsea for Stones last summer.