23 year old Nathaniel Clyne is hot property at the moment with top clubs lurking around him. Most notably, Manchester United are reported to be targeting the Southampton player as they look to tighten their backline and add reinforcements to make a strong top 4 challenge.
The left back has made 17 appearances for the Saints in this campaign and has three goals to his name, including the stunner that helped Ronald Koeman’s side throw Arsenal out of the League Cup.
It has been reported that Louis van Gaal is going to splurge £25m for the Saints man, and is all set to table a bid. The 23-year-old is one of a number of targets on Van Gaal’s summer list with fellow defenders Mats Hummels and Diego Godin, who are also likely to cost the Red Devils a hefty sum.
Clyne started his career at Crystal Place, where he started at the age of 7. He went through the youth ranks and cemented himself in the senior squad after making his debut as a 17 year old. He was named ‘Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year’ after the 2010-11 season, where he featured for the side in every single game, becoming the youngest player in the Football League to do so. In July 2012, he was signed by newly promoted Southampton.
Earlier this October, Clyne was named in the England squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia. The injury to Glen Johnson got Clyne his break in the England squad, but even after the Liverpool full back’s comeback, Clyne has been preferred by Hodgson due to his good showings and present form.
Southampton coach Ronald Koeman seemed unfazed about the interest shown by rival clubs in Clyne.
“If I have to be worried about those kind of rumours, then I will be worried every day and I don’t like that,” the Dutchman said. “I like my life and I like to be positive. It’s no issue.”
It is now been reported that Southampton have begun talks with the player over a new contract. The Saints are keen to keep hold of the England international after interest from Manchester United. The 23-year-old right-back’s deal at St Mary’s runs in 2016.