Manchester United transfer news: £16.5m star defender linked with move to Premier League side

Stoke City have set their sights on Manchester United’s out-of-favour defender Phill Jones according to The Sun.

The report states that Stoke boss Mark Hughes is keen to sign the England international who has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the arrival of Eric Bailly.

Jones was once described as having the potential to be ‘the best ever’ by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013. The young-defender joined United for £16.5 million but has failed to live up to his potential.

Stoke assistant manager Mark Bowen has confirmed that the Potters are interested in signing Jones before the end of the transfer window.

“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,” Bowen was quoted as saying by the Sun.

“But we have a bit of reputation for bringing players like that into this set-up and then thriving. Fingers crossed, something may happen.”

Jones is yet to make an appearance for Manchester United in the 2016-17 season. The 24-year-old made just ten Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last season.

Man Utd take on Hull City at the KC Stadium this weekend while Stoke City face Everton.

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