Man United dealt transfer blow in chase of Southampton star

Manchester United have been halted in their chase of Nathaniel Clyne after Southampton revealed that there have been very positive negotiations for his stay, Daily Mail reports.

The 24-year-old is heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, but the Saints are constantly trying to persuade him to remain at St Mary’s Stadium.

Clyne only has one season left on his current deal, but Les Reed, the club’s executive director of football, revealed that talks are now ongoing and the outcome is looking hopeful.

“We got an immediate response from his new agent. That’s not our business but there was something there slowing things down,” he said.

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“That’s all accelerated, I’m in discussions with his agent and those have been very, very positive.”

The England international has been strong performer for boss Ronald Koeman, already featuring 33 times this season and scoring two goals so far.

Manager Louis van Gaal is hopeful of adding another right-back into the squad, especially with links that Rafael may be sold in the upcoming window.

Apart from another defensive player, the Red Devils are looking to improve all aspects of the side, with Van Gaal also keen on a new striker, a midfielder, as well as a centre-back.