Southampton eyeing Nathaniel Clyne replacement amid Manchester United interest – report

by Ben Topliss

Southampton have identified Danish right-back Daniel Wass as a possible replacement for Nathaniel Clyne if he moves to Manchester United, according to the Mirror.

Clyne, who is entering the final year of his contract at St Mary’s, looks increasingly likely to leave the club in the summer.

Man United have been strongly linked with the 24-year-old and reports earlier this month suggested they had already agreed a deal with him.

Southampton appear to have conceded defeat in their attempts to keep Clyne by eyeing up Wass as a replacement.

Wass, who plays for Evian in France’s Ligue 1, is understood to be available for just £1.5m this summer and is also garnering interest from Stoke City and Newcastle.

The news will come as a boost to Louis van Gaal, who seems to be set on bringing Clyne to Old Trafford.

Southampton’s Head of Football Development Les Reed suggested earlier this week that Clyne may be close to committing himself to Southampton but it looks like this may have just been a tactic to drive up his price. With Antonio Valencia currently struggling on United’s right flank and Rafael’s future at the club uncertain, Clyne would be a welcome addition.

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