Phil Jones is growing concerned that he may not be able to complete his departure from Manchester United this winter, according to reports.
Jones is a long-serving member of the United squad, but has fallen out of favour recently. He was left out of their Premier League squad list this season, in part due to injury.
With no action on the horizon, the defender is now looking for a way out of the club he has been at since 2011. Fortunately for him, there is still a top flight team interested in his services.
Jones has been linked with a move to Burnley in recent weeks. He has spent his entire career in the north-west of England, and a move to Turf Moor would see him just 20 miles away from his birthplace, Preston.
However, according to the Daily Star such a move depends on Burnley’s proposed takeover. Mohamed El Kashany and Chris Farnell are considering a £200m takeover bid for the club.
If it goes through, it would improve Burnley’s financial situation – and that would have a knock-on effect on Jones’ chances of a move.
The reason Burnley have been considering a loan bid for Jones is because they are concerned about losing James Tarkowski in January. Their star defender attracted interest from West Ham over the summer.
Burnley expect fresh bids for Tarkowski in the winter transfer window. If West Ham can find £40m to spend on him, the England centre-back may find himself on the move.
That would then allow Jones to move to Turf Moor to replace him. However, the Star warn that if Burnley’s takeover goes through, they would not have to sell Tarkowski.
Championship duo chasing Jones
With captain Ben Mee already part of an established pairing with Tarkowski at the back, Burnley would not have the need for another defender. Hence, Jones would have to look elsewhere.
According to the Star, Jones’ only other options are in the Championship. Derby and Middlesbrough are reportedly keen on the 28-year-old.
Jones has spent his entire career in the Premier League since coming through the ranks at Blackburn. However, he may now have to drop down a level to get his career back on track.
Jones has 27 England caps to his name, but the last of those came in 2018. He hasn’t even played for his club since January.
His £100,000-per-week wages could be a stumbling block to any side wanting to sign him, unless he lowers his demands.