Everton interested in signing Phil Jones in the summer – report

Everton interested in signing Phil Jones in the summer – report

Everton boss Sam Allardyce will attempt to sign Phil Jones from Manchester United if he continues at Goodison Park next season, according to reports.

The defender’s current contract expires at the end of the season but the club has the option to automatically extend his deal by another year.

Jones enjoyed a superb start to the season but persistent hamstring problems have reduced him to just five appearances in 2018, with his last coming against Newcastle United in February.

And according to the Times’ Mat Hughes, Allardyce will look to bring the Englishman to Everton over the summer if he receives assurances that he will continue as manager for the 2018/19 campaign.

Neither Jones or Chris Smalling are bad defenders per se, but Mourinho needs to dispense with them both over the summer as a symbolic message to the rest of the footballing world.

Following a season of simultaneous progress and frustration, the 55-year-old needs to continue this side’s evolution by moving on from the chuckle brothers dynamic at the back – combined with using Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, both 32 and wingers by trade, as full-backs – which has so often fell victim to languid defeats.

United have been coasting at the back for too long, relying on the old to take them towards the new, and lethargic displays like the one against Sevilla only serve to underscore the need for some fresh faces at the back.

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