By Saikat Mandal

4th Nov, 2022 | 11:40am

West Ham United target Isaiah Jones tipped to leave club in January

Carlton Palmer has suggested that Middlesbrough wing-back Isaiah Jones could leave the club in January to move to the Premier League, amid interest from West Ham.

According to a report from Football League World, the Hammers and Crystal Palace are keen to sign the 23-year-old defender, but Boro are unwilling to part ways with him.

Palmer has hailed Jones as a “talented boy”, and feels Palace could look to snap him up in January.

“He’s a talented young boy. I’ve seen him several times,” said Palmer to Football League World.

“Crystal Palace, Spurs, Arsenal, and European clubs are looking at him. Still only 23 years of age. So, he’s got a really bright future ahead of him. 

“I would think that one of those clubs are going to snap him up maybe in the January transfer window and then loan him back out. 

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“So, maybe Middlesbrough can do a deal, get some money and get him back on loan.

“I know, Patrick Vieira and Crystal Palace are very, very interested in him and that may be a club that he could go to, and he might well in break into the first team a lot quicker than he would do at say Arsenal.”

Not needed

Jones was tremendous for the club last season, but he has failed to match those standards so far.

He is a right wing-back who can also operate as a right winger. He has a contract at the club until the end of the season, and therefore could be available on the cheap.

The Hammers must stay away from it and should look for other options. First of all, do they at all need a right wing-back? No.

West Ham do have Ben Johnson and Vladimir Coufal are two recognised right-backs. Thilo Kehrer can also play there, while Maxwel Cornet can do the job if needed.

If the Hammers really want to add depth to the squad, they probably should look to sign an attacking midfielder who has the tendency to score goals regularly.

The left-back is another area that can be upgraded, but that is not an immediate priority.

Crystal Palace should be a good move for Jones, but it is upto Moyes to make the final call.