Manchester United confident of Nathaniel Clyne signing

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Manchester United are confident of securing the signing of Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne, with the London Evening Standard claiming that the player's future is set to be settled next week.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is seemingly intent on improving his side sooner rather than later, with the club having already agreed a deal to bring PSV forward Memphis Depay to Old Trafford. 

Despite the fact that the summer transfer window doesn't open for another three weeks, United look set to make even more moves imminently. 

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Last season, on Van Gaal's arrival to the Theatre of Dreams, United's transfer activity was mayhem at times, as they went in search of improving their squad, spending huge sums of money in the process. It appears, then, that Clyne may well be the next man to arrive at United, despite interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea. 

Class of Clyne

Clyne, who has starred for the England national side, has enjoyed a fine campaign at Southampton as he continues his development in the game. Now, at 24-years-old, he's proving his consistency on a regular basis, so would no doubt improve Van Gaal's options in the right-back position. 

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Versatile wide-man Antonio Valencia has often featured at right-back throughout the course of the campaign, while Rafael da Silva has endured a torrid season under the guidance of Van Gaal, having failed to maintain his fitness.

Clyne, then, would add stability to the club's back-line, with the Red Devils still seemingly in need of balancing their squad after an indifferent campaign.

Of course, the biggest concern at the Theatre of Dreams will be securing Champions League football for next season, with the club needing six points from their remaining three Premier League fixtures. The Red Devils travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace tomorrow evening and will be determined to get back to winning ways after three straight defeats. 

Clever United

Ultimately, it appears that the Manchester United hierarchy have learned from previous mistakes: under David Moyes, United failed to act quickly, only managing to add Belgian international Marouane Fellaini to the side, while it proved difficult at times last summer, as Louis van Gaal was occupied with the Dutch national side for the start of the summer. 

One thing's for sure, if Clyne follows Depay to Old Trafford, then fans will be very pleased with the club's early business. 

It certainly appears that Van Gaal wants his new squad in place for pre-season, which can only be a good thing as the club go in search of making a fine start to the 2015/16 campaign. 

Manchester United fans: Do you think Clyne will follow Depay to your club? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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