By Rob Jarvis

20th Dec, 2020 | 12:20pm

West Brom target Man United outcast in January as Allardyce pinpoints priority - report

West Brom are interested in a January loan move for Manchester United defender Phil Jones, according to the Daily Star.

The newspaper report on their website that the 28-year-old has been made available by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being excluded from the squad this season.

Burnley and Championship side Derby have also been credited with an interest, with Jones almost certain to move on next month.

What about his wages?

Jones is currently on £120,000-a-week, and the Red Devils are said to be ready to accommodate a large chunk of those wages to send him out on loan.

Sam Allardyce was in charge of the defender when they were together at Blackburn before his move to Old Trafford, and is keen for a reunion.

After arriving at the Hawthorns, Allardyce has made it a priority to bring in another central defender, with the Baggies looking to be in pole position for Jones.

This isn’t a name that will inspire Baggies fans.

Jones hasn’t played a game of Premier League football since January, and he only made two top-flight appearances in the entirety of last season.

The 28-year-old is stealing a living, and there are major doubts on what sort of impact he would make at the Hawthorns given his lack of significant minutes.

Allardyce is clearly targeting a defender, but the names popping up are shocking.

Another option is James Tomkins of Crystal Palace, with Football Insider claiming the Baggies could make a move next month for the experienced enforcer.

These are simply older players that have been rejected by other Premier League clubs, and the Albion must start questioning why their rivals are letting defenders such as these leave without a fight – they aren’t good enough.

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