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Nathaniel Clyne puts contract talks on hold

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Nathaniel Clyne not ready to discuss new Saints deal
Nathaniel Clyne not ready to discuss new Saints deal

Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne will not open talks over a new contract at Southampton until next summer, according to ESPN.

Clyne is reported to be the subject of transfer interest from a host of Premier League clubs, with United boss Louis van Gaal seemingly among his biggest admirers.

Now ESPN have claimed that Clyne will not discuss a new deal with his current employers until he gets a chance to weigh up his options this summer, with his current deal with Southampton set to expire next summer.

Clyne started for England in their Euro 2016 qualifying win against Lithuania on Friday, with the 23-year-old likely to be a man in demand this summer along with Saints midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been linked with a switch to Arsenal.

Southampton great Matt Le Tissier believes both Clyne and Schneiderlin could be set to leave Southampton at the end of this campaign, but he does not seem concerned by that prospect.

"It may be that Schneiderlin and Clyne leave this summer, but look at what happened last summer when lot of players left and we just rebuilt and came back stronger," Le Tissier told LBC radio.

"Southampton is a well run club and if players leave, we will just go out and replace them as we have done successfully this season."