West Ham United and Newcastle United will battle it out for Manchester United defender Phil Jones in the next window.
That’s according to The Mirror which claims West Ham and Newcastle are seriously interested in the centre back, who is valued at £12million.
Jones has become a bit-part player at Old Trafford and The Mirror reports that Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will listen to offers for the 28-year-old defender.
Moyes is said to be a big fan of Jones from his brief time working with the ex England centre back at Old Trafford.
West Ham and Newcastle target Jones tipped to leave Man United
Meanwhile Newcastle are on the verge of a takeover so money will not be an issue for the Magpies.
They say there is no smoke without fire. And now Sky Sports has released a report on the expected comings and goings at Manchester United this summer.
James Cooper is Sky Sports’s North West correspondent and has his finger on the pulse inside Old Trafford.
And he claims Jones will leave Man United in the next window. But Cooper also explains that a permanent move may prove difficult.
“Two Premier League starts from just eight appearances in total this season probably shows how the land lies for the 28-year-old, who is one of United’s longest-serving players,” Cooper said on Sky Sports.
‘Permanent move may prove difficult’
“He has not pulled on a red shirt since scoring in FA Cup thrashing of Tranmere in January and other players have risen to the fore, including a resurgent Eric Bailly.
“He will go if another club offers him regular football but with three years left of a four-year extension – signed while Solskjaer was in interim charge last year – a permanent deal will be challenging for any buyer. Verdict: Goes.”
It is easy to see why West Ham and Newcastle want to add some defensive steel.
The Hammers and Magpies have conceded 91 goals between them in the league alone.
Both clubs need defensive steel, Hammers more so
Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop have established themselves as West Ham’s main defensive partnership.
But Diop has been linked with a move away. Winston Reid looks set to be sold after moving to MLS on loan. And Fabian Balbuena’s future is also in doubt.
Jones has an average match rating of just under 7/10 (Whoscored.com).
But he has barely featured this season, playing just 10 times in all competitions.
A fit and in form Jones would certainly be a sound addition to West Ham or Newcastle.