Manchester United center half Phil Jones is reportedly on the radar of a record 13 clubs for a possible January transfer even after not playing for 22 months.
Amazingly, moneybags Newcastle United have been reported to be interested with also Ranieri’s Watford in the race to get Jones on loan this coming January.
United’s manager Olegunnar is said to be delaying a decision for fear of a flood of injuries that might leave his defense line vulnerable.
Solskjaer has been delighted by Jones’ attitude in training since returning from his latest knee injury last summer and would love him to get more regular football to reach match fitness.
But the United boss faces being without centre back Raphael Varane for a month, after he suffered a hamstring injury in this week’s Champions League draw at Atalanta.
And with continued issues surrounding Victor Lindelof’s overall fitness, Jones could yet find himself playing a part for United when the schedule hots up.
There has also been reported that numerous clubs from the Championship actually want Jones’ signature with Wayne Rooney’s Derby County admitting that the 29 year old is one of England’s finest.
The former prodigy hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since scoring in the FA Cup win at Tranmere in January 2020.
The man Sir Alex Ferguson once said could be United’s greatest ever player is still keen to prove he has an Old Trafford future and he also has two years left on a £130,000-a-week contract.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga