United given £3m defender chance

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Manchester United can land highly-rated Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne for £3 million in the closing stages of the transfer window, according to a local newspaper report.

The Manchester Evening News highlight that the England youth international's contract is set to expire at Selhurst Park in six months, and that the Red Devils have an opportunity to bring the player to Old Trafford in a cut-price deal.

Last season's Player of the Year for the Eagles, Clyne has once again impressed for the Npower Championship outfit this term, and was one of the stand-out performers in the club's 2-1 defeat of Manchester United in the League Cup earlier in the season.

Palace are well aware of the interest in their 20-year-old talent, with club chairman Steve Parish placing some of the blame for Clyne's probable exit on his agent.

"Nathaniel won’t sign a new contract. I have offered him a very lucrative one and I can’t force him to accept it," he told the London Evening Standard.

"His agent has got Nathaniel running his contract down - make your own mind up about what’s happening."

Injuries have left the Red Devils relatively short in the full-back position, with injuries to the Da Silva brothers and Phil Jones exposing a potential weakness within the ranks.

Clyne could fill that position if Sir Alex Ferguson is tempted into a move, although Manchester United face competition from Newcastle, Fulham and Everton for the youngster's services.

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