West Ham are planning to offer Manchester United defender Phil Jones a ‘highly incentivised’ contract offer according to a report from Eurosport.
Man United are allegedly considering releasing Jones on a free transfer despite the fact that he still has two years left to run on his current deal at Old Trafford.
Hammers boss David Moyes is keen to bolster his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium.
And with money tight at West Ham, it is no surprise that the East London outfit are allegedly keen to sign Jones on a free.
West Ham could offer Phil Jones ‘highly incentivised’ deal
Eurosport claims that of the 29-year-old is indeed available on a free transfer, the Hammers are ready to offer him a deal that is low in terms of a base contract but with enticing add-ons when he makes appearances.
Surely West Ham should be doing better than Phil Jones, however.
Some of you might say we thought the same about Jesse Lingard and Craig Dawson.
Jones is a completely different kettle of fish, however.
Since the start of the 2017/18 campaign, the former Blackburn defender has missed 571 days of action (Transfermarkt).
Moyes is well-renowned for liking physically robust players. So a move to sign Jones would be a rather strange one.
Since joining Manchester United from Blackburn for £17 million in the summer of 2011 (BBC), the 29-year-old has made 224 appearances for the Red Devils.
So he clearly has something about him and he’s no mug. Jones’s injury problems should be a huge red flag for the Hammers, however.
Moyes should be pursuing other targets this summer. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being prepared to lose Jones for nothing says all you need to know really.