Southampton executive director Les Reed believes the “signs are good” that Nathaniel Clyne will sign a new contract at St Mary’s despite interest from Manchester United.
Clyne is entering the final year of his contract at Southampton and has been repeatedly linked with a move to Man United.
Instead, Reed insisted that Clyne is close to committing his future to Southampton by agreeing a new deal at the club.
Speaking about Clyne, Reed said: “We’re in constant communication. These contract negotiations are never just one meeting, where everything is done and sorted out.
“You have to bear in mind, especially with Nathaniel, that we want him to focus on the last few games of the season. That’s why you’ll get players saying, ‘let’s wait until the end of the season’.
“That’s quite normal and he’s very happy. He’s managed to force himself into the England squad and is showcasing his talents.
“I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t speculation about him, but at the moment the signs are good.”
Clyne has enjoyed a fine season and undoubtedly possesses the quality to succeed at United so the news will come as a blow to van Gaal.
A club of United’s ambitions cannot afford to rely on Antonio Valencia on the right side of defence and they will need to strengthen the position at the end of the season. If Clyne does not end up joining the team, Barcelona’s Dani Alves has also been mooted as a potential arrival.