Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a deal for Derby County midfielder Will Hughes to boost the quota of homegrown players in the club's first team squad, The Sun reports.
Hughes is regarded as one of the most talented English players currently plying his trade outside of the Premier League, and at 21 has a very bright future ahead of him. It's claimed United see him as a good option to have around the first team squad for the next couple of seasons, though they feel he has the potential to become a first team regular down the line.
Mourinho has asked to be provided with regular updates on Hughes' progress as United mull over a move, and any deal could cost them in the region of £7m. Derby though will be looking to renew the player's contract in the coming months, to extend beyond the two years he has remaining on his current deal.
A number of other Premier League clubs hold interest in Hughes, but his progress was stunted last season after he picked up a knee ligament injury - and it ended up keeping him out of action for six months. United though could end up making their move before the new season starts, and will continue to track him regardless.
Mourinho has finally started work officially at Old Trafford and will take part in his first press conference at the club on Tuesday, having already secured the signings of Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan will soon follow - with the German outfit already confirming a deal is done - though United have yet to announce the move.
The former Chelsea boss posted a video to Instagram on Sunday night of him travelling to Manchester from London, with the message "I am here/United we can".
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