Burnley could make a move in the January transfer window for out-of-favour Manchester United defender Phil Jones, according to reports.

The 28-year-old hasn’t played a single minute for United this season, and could only manage eight appearances last season, as injury and loss of form resulted in him slipping down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

But a return to Lancashire could be on the cards, with Burnley seemingly keen on a cut-price deal for the defender.

Jones spent nine years at Burnley’s arch-rivals Blackburn Rovers earlier in his career, coming through the ranks at Ewood Park before Sir Alex Ferguson splashed out £16.5m on his signature in 2011.

At one point, Ferguson said Jones could go on to be one of United’s best-ever signings, a statement which has aged like warm milk left on a worktop.

Burnley are expecting more interest in star defender James Tarkowski when the window reopens, so could see Jones as an ideal replacement, with United keen to get his £100,000 a week wages off their books. A loan deal with an option to buy may be the best way forward for all parties.

The only problem potentially holding up a move is the proposed Burnley takeover, with sports lawyer Chris Farnell and Egyptian businessman Mohamed El Kashashy believed to be confident their £200m takeover will be accepted by the Premier League.

A successful takeover would see Burnley injected with some much-needed funds, although as Newcastle United proved earlier this year, it could be some time before the paperwork is signed.

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