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Manchester United have lost out in their bid to sign Jose Fonte from Southampton

Samuel Lovett

Published 26/08/2016 | 09:52

Jose Fonte
Jose Fonte

Manchester United target Jose Fonte will stay put at Southampton after agreeing to a considerable pay-rise.

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Jose Mourinho was eager to boost his United backline by bringing fellow compatriot Fonte to Old Trafford in an £8m transfer but it seems the Portuguese defender has agreed to stay at St Mary’s, the Daily Mirror reports.

Fonte will see his wages increase from £45,000-a-week to £70,000. Speaking to the press, Saints boss Claude Puel said: “The situation of Jose is now finished and he is back to normal.

"[He] is now concentrating just on his football and his team. He had a good discussion with the director of football, with the chairman and now everything is all OK.

“For Jose it was important for us, for me, to keep him in the squad because he is a good personality, a good professional and has good leadership qualities.”

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