Manchester United boost as Luke Shaw replacement is lined-up

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Manchester United's hopes of signing Southampton star Luke Shaw are becoming more realistic, with the Saints lining-up a replacement for the 18-year-old, according to the Daily Mirror.

A move from the South Coast club for Timothée Kolodziejczak is in the offing, contact has already been made with Ligue 1 side Nice.

The 22-year-old is rated at around £6 million and favours a move to the Premier League and the French Club are willing to sell. 

A French youth international, the left-back can also fill-in as a winger - much like the speedster Shaw.

The news will come as a boost to United, as well as Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, who have all been linked with the England international. 

Southampton - despite publicly ruling out any summer exits for their top stars - are resigned to losing the highly-rated left-back who has been valued at around £30 million, following the signing of a long-term deal at St Marys in the summer.

The Red Devils are thought to be the most obvious destination for Shaw, who will be looking for a successor to 32-year-old Patrice Evra. They will have money to do so, as Old Trafford chiefs look to atone for a hugely disappointing season.

David Moyes was sacked only 10 months into a six-year contract with the reigning champions looking set to finish seventh in the Premier League - just one year after winning the title in Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge.

Shaw - who still has a chance of making Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad - has been one of those identified in raising United from the ashes.

Since making his Premier League bow last year, Saints' Academy graduate has excelled while helping to guide his club to a top-eight finish in only their second season back in the top flight 

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