Last month saw Hull City regain their Premier League status as they claimed a play-off final victory following a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday courtesy of a Mohamed Diame thunderbolt. As they prepare for life in the top flight, they are beginning to embark on their summer transfer business and it’s safe to say, they’re aiming high.
According to the Daily Mail, the newly promoted side have set their sights on a possible move for Manchester United defender Phil Jones, whose future at the club looks very much on rocks.
Having already welcomed a new centre-back in Eric Bailly, it could suggest Jose Mourinho will snub the 24-year-old as he opts for alternate options to revive United’s superiority next season.
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Jones will undoubtedly be an ideal signing for Hull after his impressive track record since his 2011 move from Blackburn Rovers. His five-year spell in Manchester has seen him clinch the league title whilst securing an FA Cup winners medal last month too. On top of that, he has been capped 20 times for England and was part of the Three Lions’ Euro 2012 and 2014 World Cup squads too.
The step up from Blackburn to Man United didn’t faze him and fast became a regular in the side, going on to appear in the famous red strip 141 times. However, last season wasn't so easy for the defender.
Jones was ruled out for 16 games as his campaign was hampered by injuries and upon returning to fitness, Louis van Gaal had already settled for a Chris Smalling-Daley Blind partnership. The back end of last season saw the defender watch from the bench and he even sat out the all-important FA Cup final. His misfortunes meant the Hull target only appeared 16 times in all competitions for the Red Devils last season - his lowest tally since he moved to Old Trafford.
It could be a while before any deal is agreed as all transfers at Hull have been put on hold as speculation continues to mount regarding manager Steve Bruce, who is yet to decide on his future.
Putting last season aside, there’s no doubt Jones can still do a job at the heart of the United defence but he may require a period away to recoup his form of old so a loan move to the KC Stadium could benefit all parties.
Subject to departures, Hull will enter next season will bundles of experience at the back with the likes of Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson in the ranks. Adding Jones to the mix will certainly boost their ambitions of avoiding relegation so it is an opportunity they can’t afford to turn down.
The Man United centre-back isn’t the only name on Hull’s shortlist recently. The same report claim City have made enquiries regarding the possible purchase of Fulham striker Ross McCormack, who bagged 23 goals last season, and valued at £12 million.
This week has already seen two names put pen to paper on a Hull deal with Ahmed Elmohamady and Eldin Jakupovic both committing their future to the club. As for new additions, that’s yet to be seen.
Jones will still get the chance to prove his worth under Mourinho in the coming weeks but if he does become surplus to requirements, Hull are expected to be among the frontrunners to land his signature.