According to The Chronicle, Newcastle are likely to reignite their interest in Manchester United’s Phil Jones.
The Telegraph revealed during the transfer window that Steve Bruce had made an enquiry for the ex-Blackburn Rovers defender, who cost Sir Alex Ferguson £16 million when poaching him from Ewood Park in 2011.
No move to St James’ Park materialised for the England international, but The Chronicle believe we will go back in for the centre-back who earns £75k-a-week at Old Trafford, according to Spotrac.
Jones hasn’t had the greatest of times following Ferguson’s retirement.
Back in August, The Mirror ran a story stating that Manchester United had cancelled an operation for the 28-year-old in a bid to offload him, where the same article made the alarming revelation that he had missed more than 200 games for the Red Devils since his arrival.
In that respect, it would be a risky move to bring him to Tyneside, although there’s no doubting he once looked to be something special.
Ferguson arguably knows football as well as any manager to have ever lived, and he once told Sky Sports that he felt Jones could become Manchester United’s best ever player – a bold statement, but one he must’ve truly believed.
‘Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player. I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, no matter where we play him.’
There’s no doubting that the Englishman has regressed since these comments, but The Chronicle’s report suggests there’s still plenty to look out for with this potential deal.