West Ham manager David Moyes will be looking to sign a defender “a-level-and-a-half” better than Manchester United’s Phil Jones this summer.
That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 29-year-old’s potential arrival at the London Stadium this summer.
Eurosport claim the Hammers are monitoring the centre-back’s situation at Old Trafford ahead of the summer transfer window.
Jones, who has just over two years remaining on his current contract, has not featured for the Red Devils at all this season because of injury.
However, he was pictured by United club media stepping up his return to full fitness last week.
When asked if Jones could be the next Jesse Lingard, Robinson told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I don’t think he could be the next Lingard.
“Let’s be honest, he’s too injury prone.
“He has still got a lot to prove in his career for me. It has been and up and down for him at Manchester United and it is vital for him that he does somewhere, stays fit and plays next year. He needs a good run of games.
“I do not think he will be at the level David Moyes demands at the moment. I think Moyes will be looking for a player a-level-and-a-half better if you like. Jones has been exposed at times.
“If I was a West Ham fans he is not a signing that I would be excited by. I think Moyes is looking for that next level of signing.”
As quoted by ESPN, Alex Ferguson heaped praise on Phil Jones after he signed for United in 2011.
Ferguson said: “At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch.”