£2m United target 'allowed to leave'

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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish won't stand in the way of full-back Nathaniel Clyne if Manchester United come calling this summer.

The England Under 21 international is out of contract at the end of the season, and is likely to part ways with the Carling Cup semi-finalists in the summer.

United have been mentioned as his most likely destination, but Parish says he won't give up on the youngster without a fight.

“We haven’t agreed anything with anybody and we still have a contract offer on the table for Nathaniel," Parish told Sky Sports.

“We have a good relationship with both him and his agent and I think he is enjoying his football here and can see the club are going forward. But if there is a deal to be done with Manchester United, it would be hard to stand in the kid’s way.

"If our young players are to leave, then at least we want them to go onto something bigger and better — and Manchester United are who they are.

“But he is playing brilliantly at the moment and is at a good place with the team and under Dougie Freedman’s management.

“If he keeps on playing as he is then I’m sure that a lot of teams will be interested in signing him but we are working together here and it’s all positive at the moment.”

Clyne played a part in the Palace side that knocked United out of the Carling Cup earlier this season, and which fell short in their pursuit of the final, as they lost to Cardiff City on penalties in the last four.

The 20-year-old became the youngster player to feature in every single Championship game last season, earning him the Player of the Year award at Selhurst Park.

The quick right-back is also expected to be involved in the Great Britain squad for the football competition at the Olympic Games this summer.

United are far from being short in the right back area, with Rafael, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling employed in the role, while Antonio Valencia has even been called into action on occasion this term.

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