Report: Mourinho keen to bring Everton star John Stones to Manchester United after failed 2015 bid

John Stones

Jose Mourinho reportedly wants John Stones to join him at Manchester United.

England's John Stones

According to The Telegraph, Everton defender John Stones is one of Jose Mourinho's top targets for when he is confirmed as Manchester United's new manager.

Stones, 21, entered the season as one of the top young English prospects, having impressed for Everton ever since his 2013 move from Barnsley.

However, the centre back has endured a difficult season littered with errors, and now looks set to be on the bench for England at Euro 2016, rather than feature from the start as many predicted last summer.

One of the main stories surrounding Stones over the last year has been his blocked move to Chelsea, as then-Blues boss Jose Mourinho lodged a bid of £30m for the defender - as reported by Sky Sports - only to see Everton snub the bid.

Now though, with BBC Sport claiming that Mourinho will be named the new Manchester United manager later this week, a renewed pursuit of Stones could be on the cards.

Everton's John Stones

The Telegraph report that, having failed to land Stones last summer, Mourinho will make Stones one of his top transfer targets when he gets the United job, and will make a valiant attempt to finally land his man.

Even after a difficult season for Stones, who is undoubtedly talented but sometimes lacking in basic defensive abilities, it's added that Chelsea and Manchester City remain keen on Stones, meaning United may have to fork out big money to land their man.

After such a long chase for the player, seemingly with two different clubs, Mourinho will be hoping that this is finally the summer where he lands Stones, and adds another English building block to United's defence alongside Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw.

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