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United dealt HUGE blow as transfer target is set to stay put

Manchester United are looking likely to suffer a setback in their attempts to sign Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne as the defender is set to sign a new deal, according to The Independent.

United have been linked with Clyne for some time now and were favourites to sign the 24-year-old right-back who has just one year left on his current Saints contract.

Louis Van Gaal has not trusted his Brazilian full-back, Rafael, and has opted to play Antonio Valencia for the majority of the season. It now looks like United’s hunt for a top-class right-back is set to continue, with Barcelona’s Dani Alves another name linked.

Clyne has found his footing in the England national side and as a result has attracted attention from the Premier League’s top clubs.

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Southampton will be desperate to keep hold of their stars at the end of the season after last summer’s raid which saw them lose many first team players, including left-back, Luke Shaw to United.

The appeal of Champions League action may sway Clyne in to wanting a move to the Red Devils but it seems likely a move is now off the cards, with Southampton’s chief executive Les Reed confident he will stay on the south coast.

“With Clyney it’s been the same as with Jay [Rodriguez], we’ve been talking for quite a while,” Reed told the club’s official website.

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“Ronald made a comment that there was a deadline. That deadline was more about getting a response, and that issue has been solved by the fact Nathaniel has changed his agent. We got an immediate response from his new agent.

“That’s not our business, but there was something there slowing things down. That’s all accelerated, I’m in discussions with his agent and those have been very positive.

“We’re at a very good place at the moment in terms of discussions going on and I’m confident again that we will have a resolution to that sooner rather than later,” Reed concluded.

Will Nathaniel Clyne stay at Southampton? Is he the right-back United desperately need?

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