Chelsea could offer fringe trio to tempt Everton to sell England star

Chelsea are planning to tempt Everton to sell John Stones by offering them up to three of their own players, according to the Daily Star.

The Blues saw a trio of bids knocked back for the 21-year old defender over the summer and were left ultimately frustrated in their attempts to land him.

Now, Jose Mourinho could be about to force the hand of the Goodison Park by including some of his fringe players in order to sweeten a potential deal.

Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore is understood to be one of the players under consideration, having played just 53 minutes of first-team football this season.

Defenders Papy Djilobodji and Andreas Christensen could also be offered in part exchange for the England international.

Djilobodji was a surprise signing over the summer, arriving on deadline day though has appeared in neither the league nor Champions League for the Blues.

Christensen is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, having only made one senior appearance in the Premier League for the West London outfit.

Stones is one of the hottest young properties is football, with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United understood to be keen on landing him.