Southampton have reopened contract talks with Nathaniel Clyne in what is thought to be a last ditch attempt to keep him away from Manchester United, reports The Mirror.
The Saints have already seen a host of their first team stars leave for the giants of Premier League football. Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw and Rickie Lambert all left in big deals last summer and Ronald Koeman is attempting to stop a similar exodus this time around.
Clyne has just 12 months left on his contract at St Mary's and his fine form has attracted interest from Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal wants a right-back capable of playing in a more advanced wing-back role and is also looking to boost the number of homegrown stars in his squad.
As a result, the Red Devils are ready to pay over the odds for Clyne. The Times have recently claimed an £18m bid has already made it's way from Manchester to Southampton, but money does not seem to hold much weight on the south coast.
Southampton are trying their best to keep Clyne at the club, entering fresh talks over a new contract. The club’s executive director Les Reed hopes to convince the England international that the best place for him to reach his potential is St Mary's.
Officials have been encouraged by Clyne's open-mindedness to negotiating and believe their is still a chance he will commit to a long-term contract.
Clyne is believed to be settled at Southampton and would have taken notice of Jay Rodriguez's decision to sign a contract until 2019. Currently seventh in the Premier League, the Saints are also in with a good chance of competing in the Europa League next season.
But Manchester United will come in and offer Clyne more money as well as the chance to play in the Champions League. There is also a belief that the Red Devils will be capable of challenging the for the Premier League title next season.
Clyne, 24, would also be reunited with his former team-mate Shaw, who joined from Southampton last summer. It may turn out that the project at Manchester United is simply a more tempting proposition.
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