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Jones set for United switch

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Skysports.com has learnt Blackburn defender Phil Jones is at Manchester United having a medical.

Sir Alex pulls transfer out of the bag despite strong Liverpool interest

Skysports.com has learnt Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones is at Manchester United having a medical as he closes on a move to Old Trafford. The in-demand centre-half is also a target for Arsenal and Liverpool but it would appear United have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals in a transfer race that could be concluded soon. Liverpool were thought to be the early front-runners for the England Under 21 international but Sir Alex Ferguson, with a healthy transfer chest of his own, is set to land a player many believe will be a mainstay for the senior national side for years to come. It is understood United have offered the player a five-year contract, despite widespread reports he was to undergo a medical at Liverpool's training ground on Wednesday. Sky Sports News understands the player also spoke to Arsenal but decided to make the move to the Premier League champions rather than switch to The Emirates. The 19-year-old was supposed to travel to Denmark on Wednesday with the England Under 21s for this summer's European Championship.

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