West Brom linked with surprise move for Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones
The defensive department of the West Brom squad needs quality additions this winter.
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, West Brom are linked with surprise move for Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones.
Manchester United spent 19.3 million euros to sign the England international from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2011. The 28-year-old has three years left on his current contract which expires in 2023.
Phil Jones made 224 appearances across all competitions for United, scoring 6 goals and supplying 10 assists in return.
The 28-year-old has earned 27 senior caps for the England national team but is yet to open his goal-scoring account for his nation.
He is currently out of favor at United and could leave the club on loan this winter.
Adding a centre-back remains West Brom’s top priority this winter and Sam Allardyce will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
Allardyce is a long term admirer of Jones and believes he can get the most out of the England international.
WBA are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The Manchester United centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. Jones has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report,” West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has added Manchester United defender Phil Jones to his list of January transfer targets. Jones remains frozen out at Old Trafford amid his absence from United‘s 25-man Premier League squad. As such, he has yet to make an appearance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season. The former England international began to fall down the pecking order after Harry Maguire’s £80million signing. However, the likes of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are also ahead of him in the hunt for game time. According to the Daily Star Sunday, though, West Brom are among the clubs who could offer Jones a lifeline. New Baggies boss Sam Allardyce, who entered the job on Wednesday, has reportedly made the signing of a new central defender a priority in the upcoming window. What’s more, he believes that a loan for Jones is a ‘risk-free’ option as the club look to retain their Premier League status. Jones and Allardyce have a connection, with the pair working together at Blackburn. The newspaper states, though, that Derby and Burnley are also in the running to sign the centre-back.”
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If WBA can agree on a fee with United, the deal should be easy to complete.
It is claimed that Manchester United are open to letting Jones go.
Phil Jones ideal fit for West Brom?
Undoubtedly he would be a fantastic recruit for WBA.
A move to West Brom is exactly what Phil Jones needs to reignite his career, and we hope he is able to do just that.
Jones has all the skillset required to be a success story at West Brom. Therefore, it makes sense for Allardyce to step up his attempts to bring the England centre-back to Premier League side.
West Brom fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see where the player ends up this winter.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.