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Former Blackburn striker says £16m United signing is 'underpriced'

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Manchester United look to have sealed a deal with target Phil Jones, but former Blackburn star Kevin Gallacher believes the England Under-21 international could have gotten more than the £16 million United paid for his signature.

"I think he's underpriced to be honest," Gallacher told BBC Sport.

"He is already top quality and will only get better with the players that will be around him at Manchester United."

Yesterday Jones was thought to be having a medical test at the Manchester United camp, and was late to arrive in Denmark in preparation for the European Under-21s Championship because of it.

Gallacher believes though that Jones could have been sold to Manchester United for at least £4 million more than the final price.


 

"My own view is that Blackburn would have been looking for £20m minimum for Phil.

"But there was a clause in his contract that enabled him to go for less and United have got a very good deal in my opinion."

Gallacher, who played 146 games for Blackburn, had nothing but nice things to say about Jones, who has been touted as a future England star.

"Manchester United have got themselves an outstanding young player,” Gallacher said.

"He has been talked about as a future England captain and he has so much potential as well as character and leadership qualities that I can certainly see that.

"If he carries on as he has been doing I don't think it will be long before he is a regular in Fabio Capello's squad.

"And when you look at leaders he has got all the attributes to be a captain at the highest level.

"For one so young, he leads by example and he is not scared of handing out a rollocking to the older players around him as well when the need arises."

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