Prem rivals lock horns over £12m Manchester United outcast

Date published: Sunday 15th March 2020 10:08

Phil Jones Manchester United

Manchester United defender Phil Jones would be ‘open’ to joining Newcastle in the summer.

Jones has emerged as a potential target for Newcastle after falling down the defensive pecking order at Old Trafford.

Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred centre-halves at Manchester United, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe providing further options.

With Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo out on loan, Jones is stuck in a Europa League purgatory that seems unlikely to improve upon their return. He even rejected his own testimonial, such is his standing at the club.

The 28-year-old has made just one Premier League appearance this season, starting in the 2-0 defeat to Burnley in January.

As such, the Daily Mirror suggests ‘the door appears to be slamming shut’ on Jones, with Steve Bruce ‘a huge admirer’.

David Moyes is equally interested in completing a move for West Ham, having clearly been enthused with the defender’s performances for Manchester United in the 2013/14 season.

Jones signed a new contract last February that runs until summer 2023, but Manchester United ‘are now prepared to listen to offers’ for a player who understandably believes his prospects of returning to the international fold with England have been ‘wrecked’ by not playing.

It would take £12m to tempt Manchester United into a deal for a player they signed from Blackburn for £16m in 2011.

 

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