Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen has admitted the club are interested in signing Manchester United defender Phil Jones this summer.
The Englishman has suffered a long list of injuries since moving to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers and hasn’t been able to cement his place in the first-team.
His United career has curtailed as a result of his injuries and new manager Jose Mourinho now looks set on starting Eric Bailly and Daley Blind as his centre-back pairing with Chris Smalling also at his disposal.
Speaking about a deal, Bowen insists stoke are hoping something may happen.
“I remember Sam Allardyce talking about him when he broke through and said he was the new Duncan Edwards,” he said.
“He did well as a youngster, got the big move, but it hasn’t worked out for him there. I don’t know how close we are or how far down the line it’s gone.
“He’s played the majority of his career at centre-half, but in his younger days he went into midfield as well.
“I don’t know what’s gone wrong, but he’s gone from even a player Fergie [Alex Ferguson] was talking about as being someone who could have been one of the greats.
“But we have a bit of reputation for bringing players like that into this set up and then thriving. Fingers crossed, something may happen.”
Although reports suggest Man United are interested in keeping Jones at Old Trafford, he may be forced into looking away from the club if he wants to pick up any game time.
He made 10 Premier League appearances last season while Louis van Gaal‘s squad suffered a wave of injuries and it doesn’t look like he’ll be playing much of a role under Mourinho.
A move to Stoke could benefit both parties and although he was tipped as one of the best by Sir Alex Ferguson, it’s disappointing to say he hasn’t lived up to expectations at Old Trafford.