Premier League side Everton could make an approach to sign Phil Jones during the summer, should Sam Allardyce still remain at the helm, The Times reports. The England international is currently contracted to Manchester United until the end of next season, though the club have the option of a 12-month extension clause.
Jones started the season in a stunning fashion alongside Eric Bailly at the heart of the defence, and the pair together kept six clean sheets in the first seven Premier League games. Since then, either Jones or Bailly have spent time on the sidelines, and the former, in particular, has suffered since November.
According to The Times, Allardyce is eyeing a potential reunion with Jones after having previously together with the England national side and Blackburn Rovers. The Merseyside outfit have found themselves vulnerable in central defence on several occasions this term, and Big Sam considers Jones’ as the prime option to reinforce the position, if he receives assurances of being the Toffees’ head coach for the 2018/18 season.
Both Jones and Chris Smalling have received criticism for their performances since the turn of the year, and United could probably do with getting rid of one of the pair during the summer to bring a fresh face to their ranks.
Eric Bailly is certainly one who can evolve into a potentially world-class centre-back for United, but there are still questions as to who could efficiently partner him, given Victor Lindelof has yet to find his feet in the Premier League.