Stoke has made a freshly improved bid for Manchester united defender Phil Jones.

The 24-year-old England international was on the Gunners’ radar last week.

But with a deal for Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi imminent, Arsenal appear to have plugged their defensive injury crisis.

Stoke had been hoping to bring Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho on loan.

But the Frenchman turned down a move to the bet365 Stadium.

And according to the Daily Mirror, Potters boss, Mark Hughes still hopes to land Jones on loan.

The report suggests that with Jones not in Jose Mourinho’s plans, Hughes thinks the prospect of first-team football could tempt Jones to leave Old Trafford.

United, who beat Hull 1-0 on Saturday, have two weeks to recover before they face Manchester City in their first Premier League game after the international break on September 10.

A move to the Britannia Stadium may appeal to Jones who is set to lack regular game time at United this term.

Mourinho has brought in £30million signing Eric Bailly at centre-half to partner Chris Smalling, while Daley Blind has featured in United’s opening two Premier League games.

Ex-Blackburn man Jones, who cost £16.5m back in 2011, has shown his versatility in the past by playing right-back, but Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are preferred in that role.

United have Europa League games to contend with which could offer Jones game time with Mourinho set to rotate his squad.

However, a spell at Stoke could help regain his place in the England set-up under Sam Allardyce, although an official approach from the Potters is yet to be made.

Jones was brought to Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011 for £16.5 million and has since gone on to make 92 league appearances for the Red Devils, along with gaining 20 caps for England.