United given Clyne lifeline

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Crystal Palace will not let contract rebel Nathaniel Clyne leave the club without a fight, amid reported interested from Manchester United.

Skysports.com reports how the 20-year-old defender is entering the final six months of his current deal at Selhurst Park, and is poised to leave the club at the end of the season.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with an interest in Clyne having been impressed with the youngster in the club's Carling Cup clash with the Eagles at Old Trafford back in November.

However, Palace chairman Steve Parish has thwarted claims that he will be forced to sell players this month.

"I read in the papers this week that we are in a battle to keep our best players," he told the Croydon Advertiser. "We are not in a battle at all.

"They are our players and it is up to us if we want to sell them. It's totally our decision and we won't be forced into anything that we don't want to do.

"Of course every player has a price but if we get an offer we will only accept it if we think it is the right deal for the club."

Parish conceded that Clyne's pending contract negotiations means that his situation is slightly different, but said that a cut-price offer from Manchester United would not be welcomed.

"The situation with Nathaniel's contract is obviously a factor and something we would have to consider if we got a bid for him," he added.

"It is a slightly different situation but that doesn't mean we would be forced into accepting an offer we thought was too low.

"Because of his age we'd get compensation if he left in the summer anyway so we'd have to balance how good the offer was and it if was so big we thought we could strengthen the team by selling him."

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