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Kevin Phillips claims Phil Jones “fits the bill” for West Ham after the defender was left out of Manchester United’s Premier League squad.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 28-year-old can be “unbelievable” on his day and could turn out to be a shrewd signing for David Moyes.

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

Football Insider revealed in the summer that Moyes was interested in signing the 27-time England international to bolster his defensive ranks despite some doubts over the player.

The Irons have since signed Watford centre-back Craig Dawson on a season-long loan deal but Phillips believes that does not necessarily rule out a move for Jones in January.

“Phil has come under criticism from all quarters over the years and what I liked about him is his attitude,” he told Football Insider. “He just gets on with it.”

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“He is what it is. At times he will make mistakes but at other times he will be unbelievable.

“For Phil, getting out of United would be the best for him. He needs to go and play somewhere where he feels wanted.

“Staying in the Premier League will be a priority for him. He could turn out to be a signing for someone that might help them stay in the Premier League or push for Europe.

“You would be getting a player that would want to prove a point after not being name in the Manchester United squad.

“It looks like David Moyes is looking for English defenders. I know he has signed Dawson on loan but Phil Jones fits the bill for them.”

In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie heaps praise on Manuel Pellegrini signing transformed by David Moyes.