Top Premier League Defender Available – Magpies Could Make Move

Newcastle will bring in at least one experienced Premier League center-back this summer and we have already been linked with Hull City’s Harry Maguire, Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross and Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala.

Another experienced center-back who looks like he will be made available this summer by Jose Mourinho is Manchester United’s 25 year-old Phil Jones, according to the Independent.

Phil started his career at Blackburn Rovers – now a third division side next season in England.


He moved to the Red Devils in the summer of 2011 for a fee said to be around £16.5M and has so far played 165 for them with five goals and six assists.

Phil Jones – Red Devils center-back available

Phil could be a good buy for Newcastle because he is also a versatile player who can play at centre back, right back or as a defensive midfielder.

He has only averaged about 28 games a season for the Red Devils and the Manchester club must play around 60 games a season, but Phil has picked up a number of injuries in his time at Old Trafford.

But there is no doubt he is a good strong player who has 20 caps for England and with the coaching of Rafa Benitez could certainly be a very good player at Newcastle.

He’s certainly another top center-back who Rafa will look at this summer, as he brings in one and maybe even two center-backs to the club this summer.

And if Rafa is interested then we would expect the 57 year-old to move quickly for Jones.

Rafa has Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark as the first choice center-backs last season, but the futures of Chancel Mbemba and Grant Hanley look to be up in the air and both could be sold.

If that’s the case Rafa will need to bring in two center-backs this summer.

Maybe Harry Maguire and Phil Jones?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • yorkymag

    May 13, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed your having a laugh
    He is useless 3 of our current centre back group are better than him

  • Jib

    May 13, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #2
  • hibbit

    May 13, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3

    not funny
    it’s Bradley’s day !!

  • Budge123

    May 13, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Wasn’t it Phil Jones who got done for spitting with Papa C?
    Or has my memory gone even more.

  • Jamseyd24

    May 13, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Not good enough, we need to be getting a top class CB, I think Lascelles Clark and mbemba are all good enough to play alongside a topper. But its finding that player. We def need a good LB as well.

    Who do you guys think we could get as CB for 20 mil?

  • posada

    May 13, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Who are these people who plan to fly a banner over the SOL.
    What gives them the right to do this on our behalf.
    When folks objected they put a charitable slant on it and went ahead anyway.
    Arrogant, childish, ignorant and offensive.
    Offensive to me as a Newcastle supporter for 40 plus years.

  • Jamseyd24

    May 13, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Budge, that was J Evans!

  • posada

    May 13, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Re the fly by banner.
    There is an article in The Mag which objects to it.
    I agree with everything it says.

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #9

    only a pervert like jib would think it funny

  • Lindisfarne

    May 13, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Which if any of the Championship players that were bought last summer deserve the opportunity to show their capability in the Premiership?

    Hanley, Diame, Murphy

    Now we have secured promotion do we still need the experience of Gamez to influence securing a 2nd PL season?

    Have Anita and Gouffran done enough to earn contract extensions?

    Will de Jong stay injury free and provide an good alternative option?

    How many of our peripheral players will attract strong interest from other clubs?

    I do hope we have some good pre-season matches to watch just to divert our attention from all these rhetorical questions that will be decided without us.

  • Jib

    May 13, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Loosen your stays,
    Get down off your high horse,
    And stop behaving like a pompous prat.

    (It’s a reference to Adam Johnson you berk)

  • Budge123

    May 13, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Cheers Jamsey. My bad

  • expatmag

    May 13, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #13


    Just verifies what a pathetic scumbag you really are

  • expatmag

    May 13, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #14


    I believe that was Johnny Evans and not Jones

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #15

    a berk i might be but a scumbag like you i am not

  • firebug666

    May 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #16

    The banner would have been better had it read something like “Going down; Going up”.

    Unfortunately it has lost all identity, linking it to charity, and cancer is a bit of a tasteless act. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for charity, and money going to a good cause is great.

    But now some of that money for charity will be wasted on an aeroplane and pointless banner.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 13, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #17


    Link? And does it offer a carefully argued opinion worth reading, unlike some?

  • Lindisfarne

    May 13, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #18

    I would have still welcomed Evans at the beginning of this season, but not now.

  • Budge123

    May 13, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Hibbit is that a Withnail quote –

  • Jib

    May 13, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #20

    United by Cancer
    Divided by Leagues
    is the most tasteless , stupid , thing I’ve seen in a long time.

    My post was taking the mick out of the whole sorry affair.

    and WHOOSH !!!!!

    it went right over certain posters , thick heads

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #21

    and appealed to your perverted sense of humour
    you’re the tasteless scumbag that posted it

  • Lindisfarne

    May 13, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #22

    If true, this aeroplane one up man ship flies in the face of Alder & Sweeny and grossly offends their memory. As supporters we should be above such absurdly ostentatious acts which defy the meaning of being United.

  • catchy in norway

    May 13, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #23

    no thanks

    headless chicken

  • AncientC

    May 13, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #24

    hibbit must hate this warm weather, it makes a teacosy and a knitted loo roll swan seem impossible.


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