Fulham are interested in a deal to bring Phil Jones to Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to a report by 90min, who claim that Marco Silva’s side are one of a number of Championship clubs interested in the Manchester United centre-back, who is also believed to be wanted by Premier League outfits Newcastle United and Watford.
The report goes on to claim that the most likely scenario would be a loan move, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side willing to pay a significant chunk of the 29-year-old’s £110k-per-week wages to help get a deal over the line.
While it is undeniable that Jones was once a player who boasted an incredible amount of potential, with Sir Alex Ferguson claiming back in 2013 that the defender could go on to become United’s “best ever player,” this is something that, in reality, is far from the case.
Indeed, the £4.5m-rated man has not played a competitive game for Manchester United in 19 months, with his most recent appearance coming in the club’s 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers in the Carabao Cup back in January 2020.
Furthermore, in his two Premier League appearances that same season, the player Rio Ferdinand recently dubbed a “waste of time” failed to impress whatsoever, making an average of one interception, one tackle and losing possession of the ball 9.5 times per fixture.
These returns saw the 29-year-old earn a disappointing average SofaScore match rating of 6.75, something that, considering his two appearances came against Sheffield United and Burnley, perfectly demonstrates how far the centre-back has fallen.
As such, it could easily be argued that a move by Silva for the England international this summer would be the Portuguese manager’s biggest transfer mistake of his Fulham career to date, as the centre-back looks unlikely to be an upgrade on any of the club’s current options in the position, while he would also likely cost a substantial amount of money in wages.