Frank McAvennie insisted he would welcome the signing of Phil Jones at West Ham but fears a number of clubs will be interested in the Manchester United defender.

The former Irons and Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the 28-year-old has been scapegoated at Old Trafford in recent years.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Jones has been left out of Manchester United’s 25-man Premier League squad for the 2020/21 campaign, casting doubt over his future at the club.

Football Insider revealed in the summer that Hammers boss David Moyes wanted to sign the 27-time England international to bolster his defensive ranks despite some doubts.

The Irons have since signed Watford centre-back Craig Dawson on a season-long loan deal but McAvennie would still welcome the arrival of Jones in January or next summer.

“Jones is injury prone and I do not know if he is what West Ham need but I would welcome him to the club.

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“He got a torrid at Manchester United. They were blaming him for everything. They blamed Smalling as well.

“He is another I would have loved at West Ham. He has been playing wonderfully at AS Roma.

“With Jones I presume there will be a few clubs in for him because he is a workman. He always does his job and he always works hard. He’s not one of these high profile players. I would be pleased if West Ham signed him.”

In other West Ham news, David Moyes has been told to axe 24-year-old and replace him with signing.