Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that the club has made enquiries to Manchester United with regard for Phil Jones.
The 24-year-old centre-back hasn’t made an appearance for United since January 2, missing out on all three of Jose Mourinho‘s match-day squads so far this season.
Speaking at a press conference, Hughes admitted the club had made enquiries over Jones’ situation.
“As I said we’ve made enquiries,” Hughes said.
“We’ve talked about a lot of players, too many to list to be perfectly honest.
“Clearly he’s a player that has got good pedigree and is at a good club and sometimes you just enquire to see what the current thinking is on certain players.”
Many United fans wouldn’t kick up much of a fuss if Jones – who has quickly gone from first-team regular to peripheral figure at Old Trafford in the past two years – did head for the exit door.
However, the Englishman can offer a devastating dynamic through his cabaret of aggression and power at the back, and it is for this reason why Mourinho has insisted the 24-year-old is an important member of his squad.