United confident to sign Nathaniel Clyne in summer
Louis van Gaal is confident to wrap up a £15m deal for Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne in the summer. The right-back has 18 months left on his deal at St.Mary's with the Saints facing major battle to keep him as the Reds are planning to bolster their defence. Reports suggested that van Gaal wants new faces at the right-back and centre-half with Clyne at the top of his wish-list and the Reds manager believes that they will get their man. The 23-year-old looks set for Old Trafford 3 seasons ago but instead chose Southampton over them as he left Crystal Palace.
Clyne waits until end of season to decide future
Nathaniel Clyne intends to see out rest of this season before making a decision on his football career with reports claimed that the Saints are offering the 23-year-old a new contract to tie him down but Clyne is in no rush to put pen to paper and will wait till the summer to review his options. It has been revealed that the Southampton's full-back has no intention to leave St Mary’s at the moment as he is now concentrating to be with the high-flying Saints who are currently 3rd in league table even though it has been suggested that Louis van Gaal are planning to seal his signature now. Yet, Clyne will then have just 12 months left on his contract and be in a strong position to negotiate a potential move.
Southampton hope to secure Clyne as United circle
Southampton are increasingly concerned of losing Nathaniel Clyne as reports have revealed that a few clubs which include United are trying to convince the 23-year-old to join them. It has been claimed that the Reds have been scouting and monitoring the defender extensively but it is unclear if they will look to make their interest concrete and make a move in January or until the summer. The Saints are keen to tie him with a new deal as soon as possible to avoid losing him on the cheap or even for free with his current contract set to expire in 2016 though the club are remaining hopeful that their early good form this season plus the fact that the player is now playing for England could persuade him to extend his stay at St Mary's. A club source confirmed: "There is real worry at the club about Nathaniel with some very big clubs circling."