Tottenham make approach for second Manchester United player - reports
By Tom Blackburn
Tottenham have enquired about the availability of Manchester United defender Phil Jones, according to a report.
The Mail claim that Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester have all been in contract with United about the defender but were told he was not leaving Old Trafford.
It is said that United manager Jose Mourinho did not want to strengthen a title rival with any potential loan deal for Jones.
This comes after the Mail also reported that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was looking to reunite with another United player in Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Mail transfer blog on Wednesday (11.08am) claimed that Spurs asked intermediaries to test the water with United for the France international.
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However, it is also reported by the Mail that the north London club have so far had little encouragement for Schneiderlin.
United signed Jones in the summer of 2011 for £16.5million from Blackburn Rovers but the 24-year-old has never truly established himself at Old Trafford.
The 20-time capped England international still has three-years left on his contract at Old Trafford, but featured in just 13 encounters for the Premier League giants last season.
Tottenham are currently looking for defensive options, although it is unlikely a new signing would dislodge the current back four of Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
Jones can play centre-half, right-back and central midfield, so his versatility could have been eyed as a real coup for Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs have this summer lost Federico Fazio who joined Serie A club Roma on a loan-to-buy deal, following a disappointing two year spell in North London.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they make a deadline-day move for a Man United 26-year-old.