Nathaniel Clyne delays contract talks until the summer – report

by Ben Topliss

Nathaniel Clyne has told Southampton that he will not make a decision on his future until the summer amid rumoured interest from Manchester United.

ESPN reports have suggested Clyne, who is nearing the final year of his contract at St Mary’s, will arrange a meeting to discuss a new deal but not until the end of the campaign.

The right-back is said to have turned down a contract offer from the Saints earlier this season in order to push through a move to Man United.

Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for defensive reinforcements after losing faith in Antonio Valencia and Rafael.

As well as Clyne, Porto’s Danilo and Barcelona’s Dani Alves have both been linked with moves to Old Trafford.

Valencia has been dependable at right-back but nothing spectacular, Rafael has been left out at altogether and Paddy McNair will see his future at the heart of defence rather than on the flank.

United were in for Clyne when he left Crystal Palace in 2012 but Southampton eventually beat them to his signature. Having broken through into the England squad, the 23-year-old has a big future ahead of him and would be a solid addition to van Gaal’s side.

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