BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, January 14, 2011
US national team midfielder Jermaine Jones is reportedly in England, finalizing terms for a loan to Blackburn Rovers that would keep him with Lancashire team through the end of the season.

German magazine Kicker is reporting that a deal is close, with Rovers having an option to buy. Jones' current contract at Schalke runs through 2014 with an annual salary of 3.8 million Euro.

Jones, 29, has not played since November after a falling out with notoriously cantankerous head coach Felix Magath.
Sunday January 16, 2011 11:22 pm
It really stinks that JJ had such a falling out with Magath.... He really had a good thing going in Schalke and was really making a name for himself as one of the better holding mids in the Bundesliga.... Nonetheless, I think his style of play will be a good fit in the English game, but only time will tell if he finds the sort of joy at Blackburn as he enjoyed the previous few seasons at Schalke.... So many factors come into play when determining how well a player will respond to such a change in scenery... Though he will be a bit past his prime for the next WC, I think he could still be an integral part of the USMNT midfield assuming he gets proper playing time and continues to refine his game over the next few years.... Nonetheless, Rongen is amassing quite an impressive collection of young talent in the middle of the pitch, so Jones will have to really return to form in order to stay in the picture.... I think his experience is priceless for the development of the USMNT, so I certainly hope him the best....

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