Manchester United target Clyne edging closer to new Southampton contract – Reed

Louis van Gaal appears to have missed out on one of his long-term summer targets after the Saints chief executive revealed talks over a new deal are well underway

Southampton chief executive Les Reed is confident Nathaniel Clyne will sign a new contract and deal a blow to Manchester United’s summer transfer plans.

The full-back has had another outstanding season at St Mary’s  and, as revealed by Goal, has attracted the attention of Louis van Gaal.

Goal understands the England international, whose current deal is due to expire in 2016, had told United that he wants to join them which prompted Ronald Koeman into publicly issuing the player a deadline to decide his future.

With that 10-day time limit having passed, Clyne said he was “happy to stay at Southampton” as United looked to lose out on one of their key targets, with Reed now “confident” Clyne will join Jay Rodriguez in penning a new deal.

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

“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.

“Nathaniel has already made statements that he’s happy here. There’s bound to be speculation because he’s such a good player and has had such a good season so we have to balance that against what he can do for us in the future and what we can do for him.

“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.”