According to Eurosport, Steve Bruce has used his ‘good relationship’ with Michael Carrick to sound out a potential January deal for Manchester United’s forgotten man Phil Jones.
The piece claims that he’s spoken to Carrick, a first-team coach at Old Trafford, to find out more about the 28-year-old’s “physical state and focus” as Newcastle ‘weigh up an offer’ for the defender next month.
The same report states that Leicester City and West Ham are also interested in Jones – a player on ‘around £80,000-a-week’ who the Red Devils appear eager to get rid of.
Eurosport state that the centre-back feels he still has ‘plenty to offer’ at Premier League level, however this is a deal I’d rather see us steer well clear of.
Not only has he had so many injury issues over the years, he’s on big money and isn’t any better than what we currently have.
He’s also played just TWICE in the Premier League over the past two seasons, failing to get anywhere near Man Utd’s squad at a time where they’re crying out for another reliable option at the back!
Bruce seems intent on adding as much Premier League know-how as possible to his squad, however I feel any move for Jones would be a mistake.
If we were looking to bring in a centre-back on loan, I’d far rather we went for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori – not an out of sorts Jones who’s not kicked a ball since January.