Report: Everton among teams keen on Manchester United's Phil Jones; West Ham also interested
Manchester United defender Phil Jones could be on his way out this summer, with Everton among the clubs keen on him.
Jones has been with United for a decade but has never fulfilled the potential that Sir Alex Ferguson saw in him. It’s not entirely his fault, however.
Crippling injuries have halted his progress and there is a feeling of what might have been when it comes to Jones. Still, he’s amassed 27 England caps and won the Premier League title, so all is not lost.
And now, 90Min claim that Everton could be prepared to offer him a Premier League lifeline next term. The Toffees are among a number of clubs, including West Ham and Burnley, who are open to the idea of signing Jones.
Of course, any deal would depend on him proving his fitness. Further, his wages – thought to be around £100k-a-week – would also need to drop.
Everton are currently trying to improve the squad for new manager, Rafa Benitez. They’ve already signed Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend.
Jones, then, could bring experience and top-level knowledge if he does come to Goodison Park.
It’s a real shame what’s happened to Jones. Injuries have absolutely robbed him of the best times of his career really.
He’s certainly a talented defender. Ferguson saw that in him when he signed him, and he has done well to make 200 Premier League appearances.
But any move now is a risk for the buying club. The only sort of deal that could work is a short-term or pay as you play, which is unlikely to suit Jones.
Everton, if they can get him playing, would be getting a good player. But the risk is high, and it could prove a thankless task getting minutes out of Jones.