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Stoke are interested in signing Phil Jones from Manchester United, assistant manager Mark Bowen has revealed.
Jones only made ten Premier League appearances last season before an ankle injury sustained in January brought his campaign to a premature end and he has yet to play under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Having fallen behind Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Chris Smalling in the pecking order, Jones may look to move away before the transfer window and Stoke hope they can reach a deal for the England international.
"I remember Sam Allardyce talking about him when he broke through and said he was the new Duncan Edwards," Bowen told the Stoke Sentinel.
"He did well as a youngster, got the big move, but it hasn't worked out for him there. I don't know how close we are or how far down the line it's gone.
"He's played the majority of his career at centre half, but in his younger days he went into midfield as well.
"I don't know what's gone wrong, but he's gone from even a player Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] was talking about as being someone who could have been one of the greats.
"But we have a bit of reputation for bringing players like that into this set up and then thriving. Fingers crossed, something may happen."
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