West Ham must sign Phil Jones to partner Ogbonna and Rice in defence next season

One of West Ham United’s priorities during the summer transfer window will surely be to bring in at least one new central defender.

The Irons go into their final day Premier League clash with Everton at the London Stadium with the joint-worst defensive record in the division, and they have been forced to play Aaron Cresswell as a makeshift centre-back in recent months.

That has been down to Jose Fonte leaving for China in February as well as injury issues for Winston Reid and James Collins, and with long-term fitness doubts for the New Zealand international and with the Welshman out of contract at the end of the season, they could be left really short at the back.

The east London outfit, whose captain Mark Noble answered his critics with his latest display, did get to have a close look at a potential central defensive target when they hosted Manchester United on Thursday night however, in the form of the Red Devils’ Phil Jones, rated at £16.2m by Transfermarkt.

The 26-year-old was making only his second start since the beginning of February having been suffering with a hamstring problem, and he could conceivably be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer with Jose Mourinho sure to strengthen his centre-back options, with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof potentially already being ahead of him in the pecking order.

The England international showed his quality on the ball with a passing accuracy of 95.2% against the Irons, as per WhoScored.com, while both of the long balls he attempted were accurate, and he made three clearances and three interceptions as the visitors kept a clean sheet.

Phil Jones stats vs West Ham

West Ham should have been impressed with what they saw from the Three Lions man, and he could be the perfect addition to the three-man defence at the London Stadium next season, alongside Declan Rice and Angelo Ogbonna.