West Ham will be in the market for at least one senior centre-back this summer even if they survive relegation.
David Moyes is not entirely convinced by Fabian Balbuena while Issa Diop’s form has been up and down.
But, Football Insider has bee told that Moyes does not regard Man United’s Phil Jones as the answer to his growing centre-back dilemma.
Moyes has been linked with a reunion for his former charge this week as well as another of his United old boys Jesse Lingard.
Neither the centre-back or attacking midfielder are expected to be heading to the London Stadium this summer.
Jones, 28, fits the profile of the type of player Moyes wants – proven at Premier League level and an experienced centre-back who should seemingly be at the peak of his powers.
However, it is not a deal the West Ham manager will pursue for three main reasons.
Moyes has privately questioned whether the 27-times England international has the “desire” to reignite a career that has seen him make just two Premier League appearances this season.
Jones is also on a bumper United deal – a four-year agreement handed to him last year – worth well in excess of £100,000-a-week.
That puts him out of reach of the Hammers in a post-pandemic environment in which there is expected to be no repeat of the kind of £140,000-a-week deal handed to another United old boy, Javier Hernandez.
Thirdly, and most significantly in terms of what West Ham fans can expect from their club in this summer’s market, Moyes’ transfer masterplan is to recruit players he regards on the “up” rather than on the downhill slide.
He does not see Jones as fitting the bill even though he has spent nine years at one of the world’s elite clubs and will be made available for a summer transfer.
United will be keen to find a buyer for the versatile operator but it is not now expected to be one in east London.
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