Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Manchester United defender Phil Jones, according to Eurosport.
The 28-year-old is heading into his testimonial year at Old Trafford but has fallen way down the pecking order.
Jones hasn’t been named in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for their 2020/21 Premier League campaign and seems likely to move in January.
The report claims that Newcastle have been making checks regarding Jones.
Steve Bruce has a strong relationship with Michael Carrick who is on the coaching staff at United.
The Magpies boss has been keen to discover where Jones’ focus is and what sort of shape he is currently in.
The versatile defender hasn’t played for the Red Devils in the Premier League since January and that will represent a concern.
Whoever signs Jones will need to get him fit and that might make him a risk not worth taking.
The former Blackburn star signed for United in 2011 and was dubbed highly-rated by Sir Alex Ferguson.
He has made 224 appearances at Old Trafford – winning the Premier League, FA Cup and League cup during his time at the club.
Is Jones worth the risk for Newcastle?
Newcastle won’t exactly have a bounty of cash to play with in January and paying £80,000-a-week for Jones would be bonkers.
Given that he hasn’t played for so long it would represent a risk for Newcastle.
Bruce added the likes of Jamal Lewis, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser during the summer and all three have looked decent additions.
Newcastle will want to remain shrewd in the market and a younger option might be a better fit.
The experience of Jones shouldn’t be completely ignored; given how long he has spent at a club the size of Manchester United.
Given that it could take months to get Jones up to scratch fitness-wise, however, the Magpies might be better off steering clear.