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Manchester United step up interest in Nathaniel Clyne

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Manchester United are ready to step up their interest in Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne according to Goal.

The Red Devils have been linked with a host of options at right-back over the past few months, including the likes of Fabio Coentrao and Seamus Coleman, however speculation more recently has suggested that a move for Clyne could be on the cards.

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The Southampton ace has had a fine season and has made his full debut for England which has seemingly helped him catch the attention of Manchester United.

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Goal reports that the Red Devils are willing to put forward a deal to Southampton worth around £25 million. Crucially they add that includes out-of-favour striker Javier Hernandez.

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The Mexican is on loan with Real Madrid this term but has failed to break into the first team, and is deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. According to Goal, Manchester United rate Hernandez at £10 million, which means they're willing to hand over around £15 million to make the move happen.

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The same report adds that the Red Devils have scouted the former Crystal Palace ace on numerous occasions and now believe he could be the man to do the job on the right-side of their defence. So far this term manager Louis van Gaal has relied upon winger Antonio Valencia over specialist right-back Rafael, who faces an uncertain future at the club.

The Brazilian only has around one year left on his contract at Old Trafford, and could be sold on to make space for a new arrival such as Clyne.

Journey

Luke Shaw made the journey from Southampton to Manchester United last season in a deal worth £30 million, and the Red Devils will hope that the strong relationship the clubs share after that transfer will help them complete the move for Clyne.

Dani Alves, who is out of contract with Barcelona at the end of the season, has been suggested as a possible option for Manchester United, but the Brazilian seems keen to stay at the Nou Camp and would command sizeable wages.

Opinion

Clyne has been a breath of fresh air this season so it is no surprise to see him linked with a move to Manchester United. Much like Shaw on the other side he has plenty of energy to get up and down the flanks, although it will be interesting to see if he could be converted into a wing-back to suit Van Gaal's 3-5-2.

The fee may perturb some of the club's fans, while they are also likely to be disappointed to see Henandez go; at his peak the Mexican was one of the most deadly finishers in the league.

Is Hernandez plus £15 million a massive waste of money for Manchester United?

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