Jones goes on loan to Rovers
Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones has agreed a six-month loan deal with Blackburn Rovers. The 29-year-old USA international becomes the club's second signing of the transfer window after the arrival of Roque Santa Cruz on loan from Manchester City.
"He's a fantastic signing for us," manager Steve Kean told the club's official website. "Anybody who knows him as a player, he's a natural ball winner, he's a very good passer as well."
Kean added: "He's got a fantastic engine, he can go box-to-box, he's a genuine all round midfielder player." Rovers have now to await for international clearance.
Jones, who was born in Frankfurt, made three friendly appearances for Germany before switching his allegiance to the United States in 2009. He is eligible to play for the USA because his father is American.
The midfielder, who made his debut for the USA in October 2010, has been at Schalke since 2007 but has fallen out of favour with coach Felix Magath.