Baggies close in on Jones

The 24-year-old had talks with the Baggies on Thursday and is

expected to sign on Friday subject to completing a medical. Footage

of Jones in an Albion shirt at the club’s training ground was

accidentally released on the club’s iPhone service on Thursday

night before being removed. Jones was Preston’s player of the year

last season and often played at left-back because of injury

problems at Deepdale. The former England Under-20 international

began his career with Crewe before joining Preston on a four-year

deal in 2007. Jones is set to become West Brom head coach Roy

Hodgson’s second signing of the summer after Ipswich defender

Gareth McAuley. Hodgson is also still pursuing Blackpool midfielder

David Vaughan who is out of contract with the Tangerines. He has

already held preliminary talks with Albion and is keen to remain

close to his North Wales home. Sunderland and Rangers have also

been linked with Vaughan, who has been offered a new contract by

Blackpool but is keen to continue playing in the Barclays Premier

League.