Man United ready to reinforce their defence with Southampton star

Manchester United will be stepping up their chase for Nathaniel Clyne after a halt in contract negotiations with Southampton, according to reports from the Mirror.

The 23-year-old is now being tipped to complete a move to Old Trafford in the summer, as the club prepare to raid the Saints for the second time in the space of a year.

Manager Louis van Gaal signed highly-rated left back Luke Shaw last summer for £27million, and is now looking to add his former team-mate into the right-back position.

Clyne’s contract will expire next year, meaning if Saints boss Ronald Koeman is unable to tie down a new deal, he will risk losing the England international on a free transfer.

Van Gaal is believed to be keen on his addition into the right back role, with Rafael the only actual player capable of the position, but is often unavailable through injury.

Right winger Antonio Valencia is often used in his place, but it could now be about time the Red Devils sign a proper full-back to aid their struggling back line.

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