Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Determined to Sign Surprise Target

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Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, August 19. Mourinho is determined to sign Southampton defender Jose Fonte. Michael Steele/Getty

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is determined to secure the services of Southampton center-back Jose Fonte before the transfer window closes.

The possible departure of Phil Jones to Stoke City would open up a space in the United defense that Mourinho wants his countryman Fonte to fill, according to Manchester Evening News.

Fonte was part of Claude Puel's Southampton side that was beaten 2-0 by United on Friday, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic striking twice on his debut at Old Trafford.

Mourinho strengthened his defense by making defender Eric Bailly his first signing of the summer, with the Ivorian already proving to be a worthwhile purchase.

Bailly's partner at the heart of the United defense for the first two Premier League victories has been makeshift defender Daley Blind.

But Mourinho will be keen to bring in a conventional, experienced center-back to play alongside Bailly in his first season in English football.

The summer transfer window closes on August 31.