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Leeds plotting surprise swoop for Phil Jones

Leeds United have enjoyed a productive transfer window so far with the Whites sealing the signings of three new faces. However, there is plenty of work left to do for Victor Orta and co.

What’s the word?

According to Spanish publication Marca, via TEAMtalk, Leeds are one of the sides interested in signing Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones.

They suggest that the £110k-per-week earner has also taken the fancy of Southampton and newly-promoted Fulham.

Jones is still under contract by United and is valued at just £2.7m by Transfermarkt.

Their next Woodgate?

Leeds United need to add far greater depth and quality to their squad ahead of the upcoming campaign as they aim to have a much smoother run of things after their worrying relegation battle.

In Jones, however, Marsch may be on the verge of making his first transfer mistake since taking over at Elland Road.

He has recruited smartly so far in the shape of Brenden Aaronson, Marc Roca and Rasmus Kristensen but the signing of the Red Devils defender would be a puzzling one.

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Sir Alex Ferguson once suggested that he could be one of the greatest ever players to don the famous red jersey at Old Trafford but a quite horrendous streak of injuries has led to a rather disappointing and frustrating playing career for a man who is now 30 years of age.

That is still a great age for a centre-back but the fact of the matter is that he’s now incredibly unreliable from a fitness point of view.

Jones has played just four times in the last two years, which comes down to both a lack of quality and his injury record.

The former England international has had 22 separate issues since signing for United which means he’s missed a whopping 1239 days of action. That also amounts to a rather incredible 205 matches.

All of that suggests he could be Leeds’ next Jonathan Woodgate. The former defender turned manager played 137 times for the Yorkshire club, the most appearances he made for any side.

He came through the academy of Leeds but after leaving, saw his career plagued by injuries, just like Jones.

Such was his frustration that he turned to desperate measures such as botox and boiled grass in a bid to end his ‘injury hell’ when he was at Real Madrid.

Both defenders have endured sorry careers, spending more time on the treatment table than out on the pitch. That once led Rio Ferdinand to dub Jones a “waste of time” in a rather harsh assessment of the player’s time at Man United.

However, what that should tell the hierarchy at Leeds is that he’s a player not worth investing in this summer.

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