David Moyes seems set on bringing an experienced central defender to West ham based on his comments within a wide ranging London Evening Standard interview,
The manager has long proclaimed he wants a youthful and energetic team to start the new season but has now made it clear that an older and more experienced central defender may be on his way.
And although that again raises the spectre of his former Everton star John Stones perhaps arriving either permanently or on loan, Manchester United’s Phil Jones (above) is another who is likely to be in his mind.
Commenting to the Standard he said: “We’re trying to bring in a younger group but we will also need a couple of experienced players. Central defenders are usually better when they’re more experienced.”
Should he decide to move in the direction of either of the Manchester clubs it has to be a strong possibility that any deal would be on a loan basis with an option to buy.
Stones, 26, comes out of contract in 2022 and Jones, 28, a year later so ‘heftyish’ transfer fees would probably be involved at this stage making a loan a lot more likely in either case .