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West Brom manager Sam Allardyce added Manchester United defender Phil Jones to his list of transfer targets for January, according to a report.
Jones remains frozen at Old Trafford amid his absence from UnitedSquad of 25 Premier League players. As such, he has yet to appear with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season.
the form England international began to slide down the pecking order after Harry Maguire’s £ 80 million signing. However, players like Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are also ahead of him in the quest for playing time.
According to the Sunday Star DailyHowever, West Brom is among the clubs that could offer Jones a lifesaver.
Sam Allardyce, head of New Baggies, who started work on Wednesday, has made hiring a new central defender a priority in the next window.
Furthermore, he believes that a loan for Jones is a “risk-free” option as the club seeks to maintain its Premier League status.
Jones and Allardyce have a connection, and they both work together at Blackburn.
However, the newspaper claims that Derby and Burnley are also in the race to sign the central defender.
Jones’ former United teammate Wayne Rooney took office in Derby and will make his case to remain the head coach of the club’s board of directors next week.
Meanwhile, Burnley will only make a move if he loses James Tarkowski. West Ham targeted the England international in the recent window, but failed to meet the Clarets’ asking price.
Jones is one of England’s most experienced defenders after making 224 appearances for United. In fact, he has made 200 matches in the Premier League.
the Sunday Star Daily He adds that United is willing to facilitate a deal by paying part of the player’s £ 120,000 weekly salary.
Van Gaal raises the theory of Solskjaer’s dismissal
Meanwhile, former Red Devils coach Louis van Gaal has said United could soon fire Solskjaer.
Van Gaal himself left Old Trafford in 2016 shortly after winning the FA Cup.
But while he believes Solskjaer’s status as a treble-winning United player will protect him for now, he added that the Norwegian’s situation could change soon.