Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen has confirmed that the club is hoping to sign Manchester United defender Phil Jones.
Jones, 24, arrived to Old Trafford in June 2011 and was hailed by many as one of the most promising young English defenders. But injuries has halted his development, and he was held to 13 appearances in all competitions last season. Bowen is hoping that Stoke can made a deal with United to land the perennial England international.
“I remember Sam Allardyce talking about him when he broke through and said he was the new Duncan Edwards,” Bowen said.
“He did well as a youngster, got the big move, but it hasn’t worked out for him there. I don’t know how close we are or how far down the line it’s gone.
“He’s played the majority of his career at centre-half, but in his younger days he went into midfield as well.
“I don’t know what’s gone wrong, but he’s gone from even a player Fergie [Alex Ferguson] was talking about as being someone who could have been one of the greats.
“But we have a bit of reputation for bringing players like that into this set-up and then thriving. Fingers crossed, something may happen.”
Jones cost United a reported fee of £16.5 million when he signed from Blackburn in 2011. He’s made 20 appearances for the English national team, but was left out of the Euro 2016 squad due to injury.