MANCHESTER UNITED defender Phil Jones is being targeted by Everton boss Sam Allardyce, according to reports.
The Goodison Park manager will try to sign the England centre-back if he is still in the Blues hotseat next season, say the Times.
Jones’ contract under Jose Mourinho expires at the end of next season but the club have the option to extend it by a year.
The former Blackburn defender, 26, has been in and out of the United side this season after suffering several hamstring injuries.
And his role is a contested one, with Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly all jostling for a starting spot.
Mourinho is also expected to be looking to strengthen that area in the summer.
Although after a meek 2-1 home defeat to Sevilla last night and shock Champions League exit, it could be up top that the Portuguese looks to bring in fresh firepower.
Allardyce gave Jones his professional debut at Rovers nine years ago and “wants to build a new-look defence around the player”.
The pair are said to have remained in close contact and Big Sam believes he can get the best out of Jones.
Shamed England chief Allardyce has another year to go on his deal.
The 63-year-old has fought back the threat of relegation but fans have criticised the club’s new style of play.
Michael Keane has failed to kick on since his move from Burnley and Phil Jagielka is in the twilight of his playing career.