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Phil Jones transfer latest: Leeds United named among three surprise top-flight clubs interested

Phil Jones of Manchester United during the Emirates FA Cup match at Old Trafford

Phil Jones was famous for pulliing some amazing faces during his Man Utd career

Phil Jones has reportedly been named as a transfer target by Leeds United, Southampton, and newly-promoted Fulham.

All three clubs are said to have placed the former England international on their list of potential summer options. The 30-year-old defender is expected to leave Old Trafford having struggled to break into the team recently. Now, it seems he still may have a future inside the English top flight.

According to Marca, the three clubs are very interested in a move for Jones.

He has made just six appearances inside the Premier League over the last three seasons. Having missed the entirety of the 2020/21 season through injury, he made just four appearances last season too.

That being said, pursuing a deal for the defender would be viewed by most fans as a risk.

Among the teams interested, the most surprising suitor is Leeds United. Having already added Rasmus Kristensen to their squad, it is evident that the club are looking to bolster their defence.

The club had the second worst defensive record in the league last season, conceding 79 goals from 38 games.

If Phil Jones was signed, he would add some much-needed experience to the backline. Despite his recent inactivity, Jones still has over 10 years experience as a Man United first-team player.

However, given the fierce rivalry between the two clubs, his signing may not go down too well with the Elland Road faithful.

Southampton, Fulham also interested in Phil Jones

Other potential suitors include Southampton and Fulham.

Southampton also struggled defensively last campaign, with the fourth-worst record in the division.

Fulham, who were crowned Championship title-winners in 2021/22, will be looking to add Premier League experience to their squad.

Phil Jones and Eric Bailly forced out by Manchester United

Phil Jones and Eric Bailly forced out by Manchester United

Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will leave Manchester United this summer to pay for Pau Torres from Villarreal

Having been without regular football for some time, Jones’ valuation has taken a huge decline. On top of this, he also has just 12 months remaining on his current Man Utd deal.

While the defender is undeniably injury-prone, for a cut-price his signing may be worth the risk.

Jones showcased talent in his early career, and a switch could reignite some of this form.

He has also been told that he is no longer part of the Red Devils future plans, meaning a deal should be smooth to complete.

Whether Jones is the right man or not, it is also clear that all three clubs must be actively looking in the defensive department this summer.

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