Jones poised to join Man United

Blackburn defender Phil Jones is set to sign for Premier League champions Manchester United.Jones, 19, impressed at the heart of defence for Rovers during the 2010-11 season and has represented his country at Under-19 and Under-21 level.

The fee is expected to be 16 million pounds, with a five-year-deal on the table for Jones in Manchester.

He had been the subject of a war between rivals Liverpool and Manchester United to secure his services, with the Old Trafford outfit said to have beaten off competition from Kenny Dalglish’s side, who were expected to tie up a 20-million-pound deal for Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson on Wednesday.

Arsenal and Tottenham were also keen on signing Jones, who is reported to be undergoing a medical on Wednesday, on the same day he is meant to travel to Denmark as a member of the England Under-21 squad for the European Championships, which starts on Saturday.

Jones partners Manchester United’s Chris Smalling as the duo at the back for Stuart Pearce’s side, with the pair likely to become teammates in the coming hours.

The central defender made 26 Premier League appearances for Blackburn in the season just completed, with his campaign interrupted for almost three months with a knee ligament injury.

 


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