Ex-international defender gives his verdict on potential Stones-Manchester United deal

England's John Stones

Gary Pallister says that Everton defender John Stones would be a good signing for Manchester United.

Everton's John Stones

Former England international defender Gary Pallister believes that Everton’s John Stones would be an excellent signing for Manchester United amid transfer speculation, The Sun reports.

Stones was the subject of big-money bids by Chelsea - under the guidance of Jose Mourinho - last summer and was tipped by many to leave the Toffees for Stamford Bridge, as illustrated in the report.

However, Everton held firm and Stones remained at Goodison Park, yet his future was also going to come into question again this summer and the club’s poor season only enhances the possibility of him leaving.

England's John Stones

Mourinho, now at United, will be keen to bolster his new side’s defence and former Old Trafford man Pallister believes England international Stones would be an excellent choice.

“He’s a young kid but I like what I see of him. There’s not many better judges than Jose Mourinho,” Pallister told The Sun.

“If he bid £40m for him, like he did last summer, then you know the kid is an exciting talent. It wouldn't be surprising to see Jose go out and spend big on a centre-half.”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho watches from the stands

Stones has often come in for criticism due to his style of play and at times risky passing out from the back, but there is no doubting his ability and he will only get better with time.

The 22-year-old made 33 Premier League appearances last season, averaging 1.4 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 3.2 effective clearances per league encounter.

Everton will be keen to hold on to both Stones and striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, but the club’s lack of European football could end up hindering their chances.

England's John Stones

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