Baggies seal Jones signing

The 24-year-old had talks with the Baggies on Thursday at their

training ground and has put pen to paper after completing a

medical. He was available on a free transfer after his contract

with North End came to an end. Jones was Preston’s Player of the

Year last season and played in several positions 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 West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson’s second

signing of the summer after Ipswich defender Gareth McAuley.

Hodgson will now continue his attempts to sign 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 Premier League.