According to an ‘exclusive’ from The Mirror, Newcastle United are set to hand Manchester United defender Phil Jones a lifeline this summer.
Not only is this latest transfer link bizarre because we have no idea when the season is going to resume, never mind the ‘summer’ transfer window, it’s fair to say the last of Steve Bruce’s worries should be the signing of another centre-back.
Jones is 28, has had his fair share of injury issues, will be on big wages and has been anything but impressive when he’s played in recent seasons, making talk of a £12m move seem improbable for a whole host of reasons.
With us having SIX capable centre-halves on our books in Fernandez, Lascelles, Schar, Dummett, Lejeune and Clark, why would Bruce be ‘keen’ to eat into his budget by spending £12m on Jones?
Nevertheless, here’s a snippet from the Mirror’s piece – which claims we’re planning to make a move for the ex-England international:
Newcastle offer Phil Jones Premier League lifeline with summer transfer from Man Utd
Newcastle plan to throw Manchester United defender Phil Jones a summer Premier League lifeline.
Jones has become a bit-part player at Old Trafford this season and United are now prepared to listen to offers for the 28-year-old defender who can leave for £12million at the end of the season.
Geordie boss Steve Bruce is keen to do a deal for Jones who has huge Premier League and European experience after Sir Alex Ferguson signed him as a 19-year-old in a £16million deal with Blackburn in 2011.
Despite a string of injuries in his time at Old Trafford, Jones signed a new contract a year ago tying him to United until 2023 with a year’s option after that.
And with Bruce a huge admirer, he believes the time is right to make the break from Old Trafford this summer in a bid to get regular Premier League action.
This one seems about as likely as the Premier League season actually resuming on April 4th!