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Derby County must avoid Phil Jones swoop

A move for Wayne Rooney’s Derby County transfer target, Phil Jones, looks unlikely to be on the cards at Pride Park this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail, who claim that the centre-back is an “immovable object” at Manchester United as his £110,000-per-week wage is putting off potential suitors, two of whom were reported to be Derby and Middlesbrough earlier this season.

Would Jones be a good signing for Derby?

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Blessing in disguise

While the lure of attracting a player with 200 Premier League appearances to their name, in addition to one who has won a Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and a Europa League title, may be tempting to many involved with Derby, there are a number of reasons why they should avoid moving to sign Jones, either on loan or permanently.

Firstly, the England international’s wages are a factor that simply cannot be ignored, as Jones’ six-figure weekly salary massively eclipses that of any other Derby player, including Rooney’s own earnings of £46,000-per-week, something that could potentially cause a significant knock to the squad’s morale – if the defender were to be brought in, even on a reduced deal.

Secondly, Jones is simply not worth an enormous salary, as the 29-year-old has made just two Premier League appearances over the past two years, neither of which have come this season – meaning that the centre-back’s match fitness is likely to be extremely lacking, as well as his capability to still be able to put in a high level of performance in a match being as good as anyone’s guess.

Finally, the financial resources that the loan signing of Jones would swallow – a season-long loan could set Derby back around £5,720,000 if they had to pay his entire salary – could be spent much more wisely, perhaps on investing further in the club’s youth setup, or even on younger and hunger transfer targets who have a much higher ceiling than the Manchester United flop.

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As such, it would be highly advisable for Rooney to forget all about the signing of the defender who Martin Keown claimed “plays like he’s on roller-skates” and rather to concentrate his focus on building a team that is capable of a much more respectable finish in the Championship next season – if, that is, they avoid the drop this weekend.

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