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Kevin Phillips has claimed Phil Jones can get back to his best if he moves to Newcastle United this summer. 

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 28-year-old would be moving to “a wonderful place” in the North-East.

According to a report in The Mirror, the Magpies are keen to strengthen their defence with the addition of the centre-back ahead of next season.

Jones has made a meager eight appearances this season after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

When asked whether a move could suit all parties, Phillips told Football Insider:

“Definitely. His time at United is up but he has been a good servant for the club.

“A move to the north-east could be great. As I know myself it is a wonderful place to play football when things are going well. A move for the lad will be good for him. If he can stay in the Premier League – brilliant.

“He is a wholehearted centre-half and is the sort of player Steve Bruce is looking for, he knows his capabilities and his limitations but when you talk about defending he is 100% committed all of the time. That could be a good one for Newcastle.

“At Newcastle, playing week in week out, you will see the best of Phil Jones.” 

The English defender appears surplus to requirements under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite signing a new contract last year.

Following the announcement Euro 2020 is to be postponed until June 2021, Jones may seek regular first-team football to force his way into contention for next summer.

In other Newcastle United news, Alan Hutton has told Football Insider what it is like to play under Steve Bruce amid transfer report.