Nathaniel Clyne set to spark big transfer battle in January

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Nathaniel Clyne's untouchable performances this season certainly haven't gone unnoticed, and Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers are wasting no time in tackling the obstacle of signing the England international, according the the Daily Express.

Although a deal looks more likely to be completed in the summer, Liverpool could be in winter wonderland if they land the 23-year-old as they prepare to raid St Mary's once more after Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren all made the move up north in the summer.

Clyne to Anfield?

With a possible reunion on the cards, a switch to Anfield may take the youngster's fancy, although penning a move to Manchester United may seem more of an enthusiastic achievement to pursue.

After all, another of his former teammates could assist to lure him to Old Trafford, where Luke Shaw awaits a little more company; another recent Southampton player from the past.

But United fans shouldn't get their hopes up. With Glen Johnson's contract running out at the end of the season and AS Roma lining up a bid for the former Portsmouth full-back, a place in the defence at Liverpool could be filled by Clyne by the end of the season.

United or Liverpool?

On the other hand, Rafael is persistently nursing an injury under Van Gaal, so the Dutchman's reluctance to play Antonio Valencia in the full-back position could urge him to enter a desperate battle against Rodgers to prise the 23-year-old away from St Mary's.

But that is just one of a bundle of obstacles that he and Rodgers must avoid in signing the England full-back. His desire to stay on the south coast seems solid and with him willing to build on his 71 appearances, a transfer could be easier said than done.

Saints reluctant

Do not forget Ronald Koeman's strong statement prior to the start of the season, however. He announced no more players would be leaving anytime soon. It is evident why Liverpool and United are chasing the right-back as that is an area in which they are both lacking in so far this season.

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