By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

29th Jul, 2021 | 8:30pm

Frank McAvennie urges West Ham to avoid Phil Jones

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West Ham have been urged to avoid signing Manchester United defender Phil Jones this summer.

According to a report from July 26 in 90Min, the Hammers are keen on signing the 29-year-old as David Moyes is looking to add a centre-back to his ranks for next season.

Reliable club insider ExWHUEmployee also stated that this kind of transfer “would surely appeal to David Moyes”.

However, it’s not a popular decision among everyone.

Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, McAvennie was left baffled by the news of the club being linked with the player.

When asked whether he would like to see Jones at the London Stadium next season, he said, “Not for me. He is not like our players.

“West Ham challenged for the Champions League spots last season.

“They have to kick on this summer. We can’t go backwards signing players like Jones.

“He’s awful, all over the place in defence.”

Ridiculous

We’re stunned that Moyes is considering going back to arguably his most injury-prone defender ever to sort out our defensive woes.

Even a fully-fit Jones has a mistake in him whenever he starts a game, and for us to be interested in someone who’s barely played professional football for two years is borderline suicidal.

Hopefully, somebody at the club vetoes this decision as it is one that will halt our progress.

Ideally, a centre-back with the experience of playing in the Champions League every year is the type of player we should be looking at.

Jones is just a bad fit for so many different reasons.

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