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Manchester United shouldn't sign Kyle Walker this summer

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Manchester United would be making a big mistake moving for Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker this summer.

The 24-year-old defender has only just returned from a lengthy injury lay-off and there are much better options available for transfer to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Louis van Gaal has prioritised bringing in a new right sided full-back that will also be capable of operating in a slightly more advanced wing-back position.

Whilst Walker is adept at going forward in attack his defensive capability leaves a lot to be desired, and for that reason there's little point paying out the £20 million fee that will be required to lure him from White Hart Lane.

With four years still to run on his current Spurs contract and the fact that Daniel Levy has a reputation for driving a hard bargain, a prospective move to the Red Devils really seems like a non-starter.

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Nathaniel Clyne

Southampton's flying full-back Nathaniel Clyne would be a much more realistic target, given that he has less than 18 months left on his deal at St Mary's and has shown no signs of committing to an extension.

The Saints star will also cost Manchester United a pretty hefty fee, but he is an all-round better player than Walker, equally efficient at both ends of the pitch and more likely to shine at the Theatre of Dreams.

After breaking into the England national team set-up this season, the Crystal Palace graduate is now probably ahead of the Tottenham man in Roy Hodgson's pecking order, and deserves the recent recognition following his impressive level of consistency on the south coast in 2014/15.

Seamus Coleman

Everton's Seamus Coleman is another player that outshines Walker in terms of all-round ability. The Republic of Ireland international was heavily linked with Manchester United under the former stewardship of David Moyes, but a move never came to fruition.

However, Red Devils scouts will likely have still kept tabs on the 26-year-old's progress at Goodison Park, and will be well aware of his capacity to play in a more advanced role further up the pitch.

Dani Alves

The third and final option that also trumps the Tottenham man comes in the form of vastly experienced Brazil international Dani Alves, who is out of contract at Barcelona in the summer and available on a free transfer.

He will inevitably command the highest wages of all the aforementioned stars, but given he's arguably been the best right-back in world football for the past five years it would be money well spent by Van Gaal.

Barca are still keen to keep Alves at Camp Nou beyond the current season, but one final challenge in the Premier League with Manchester United could prove too tempting for the South American to turn down.

Other options?

With Antonio Valencia currently the Dutch coach's first-choice selection in that specialist position at the moment, the Ecuadorian's ongoing participation is surely only going to be a short-term measure between now and the end of the campaign.

Rafael has failed to convince Van Gaal that he has the required potential to nail down the starting spot, and despite offering 19-year-old academy product Paddy McNair a new deal last week he is not the long-term solution either.

Walker would be an improvement on all of Manchester United's existing options, but there's still three better alternatives that must be considered first.

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