Newcastle ready to launch transfer bid for Man Utd outcast Phil Jones

Newcastle United could bring Phil Jones to the club from Manchester United in the summer.

The former England defender has failed to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enough to secure a regular starting berth over the last year, despite the exit of Chris Smalling and injuries to both Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo.

The 28-year-old has only made eight appearances in all competitions so far this season, and he is now set to move on despite his contract running until the summer of 2023.

The Mirror have reported that United will sell up for £12m, in a similar fee to the one they paid for his services from Blackburn back in 2011.

The report adds that Steve Bruce is willing to take a punt on the injury-prone defender, giving his Premier League career a lifeline as his former defensive partner Smalling impresses for Roma in Italy.

Jones will hope the move can rejuvenate his Three Lions career having failed to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans since a back-up role at the 2018 World Cup.

West Ham boss David Moyes is also said to be interested in a possible deal with United for Jones, which is likely to depend on whether the Hammers retain their top flight status.

Solskjaer opened up on whether Jones had a future at the club after a difficult display against Sheffield United earlier this season, stating that he still had a chance to impress.

He said: ”Phil's fit, training well, training hard and I'm sure he'll come back… Phil's fine."

With the player himself saying at the end of last season: "I'm very settled – I've been settled for a long time here.

"Ever since I walked through the door I was made to feel very welcome. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time – it's been great and long may it continue.

"Of course I do [want to stay] – it's Man Utd. This club has been part of my life for many years now. I love the club, the fans, the players.

"We'll see what happens. It's not down to me what happens."

  • Newcastle United FC
  • Manchester United FC
  • Premier League
  • West Ham FC
  • Steve Bruce
  • Gareth Southgate
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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