Man Utd plot summer move for Clyne

Manchester United are preparing to make a bid for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne when the transfer window re-opens in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 20-time league champions have been heavily linked with the 23-year-old in recent months, and their increased interest reportedly comes as he stalls over a proposed new contract at the St. Mary’s Stadium.

His current deal expires in the summer of 2016, meaning that United are likely to be able to purchase him for less than the £27m they spent to sign Luke Shaw from the Saints last summer.

Clyne was brought to Southampton from Crystal Palace by Nigel Adkins upon their promotion to the Premier League in 2012. He has since gone on to score five goals in 93 appearances, impressing this season to help the side sit an unexpected fourth in the table. His performances have earned international recognition, earning his first cap for England in November.

Louis van Gaal is an admirer of Clyne – who is keen on a move to Old Trafford – and will hope to bring him in to compete for a position which is currently fought over by Rafael da Silva and Antonio Valencia.

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