ExWHUemployee has claimed that West Ham are in the market to sign Manchester United defender Phil Jones this summer.

The Hammers insider made the claim when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast (Wednesday August 12th):

“He has a list of centre-backs who he wants to sign. On that list is Phil Jones of Manchester United, who Moyes has worked with before.”

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But if true, the move would not make any sense whatsoever for the Hammers.

Firstly, David Moyes has repeatedly insisted that he will be targeting young and hungry players with a point to prove this summer.

And Manchester United defender Jones, 28, clearly doesn’t fit into that category.

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Phil Jones (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Secondly, the former Blackburn Rovers man allegedly earns a whopping £75k-a-week at Old Trafford (Spotrac).


West Ham are already in a troublesome situation as far as finances are concerned. And the last thing they should be doing is offering big money to a Premier League giant’s cast-off.

Recent injury problems a real concern

And thirdly, Jones has suffered horrendous injury problems recently. He made just two Premier League appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side this season.

The 28-year-old United defender has missed 224 days of action through injury since the start of the 2016/17 campaign (Transfermarkt).

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Phil Jones (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

It really would be no surprise whatsoever to see him leave Old Trafford this summer.

But West Ham should not be going anywhere near him.

ExWHUemployee is almost always spot on with his transfer claims, however.

So if Moyes is truly after Jones, it will be a sign that the Scot is not choosing his transfer targets, considering the fact that he has repeatedly insisted that he only wants to bring talented young players with plenty of potential to the London Stadium this summer.

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