Saints talks ongoing with Nathaniel Clyne

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Clyne's future at Southampton under discussion
Clyne's future at Southampton under discussion

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is reported to have held talks with the south coast club over his future, amid sustained rumours that he is the subject of transfer interest from Manchester United.

Saints manager Ronald Koeman gave Clyne ten-days to make up his mind over whether he will sign a new deal at Southampton at the start of this month, with ESPN now reporting that talks have taken place between the player's advisers and club officials.

Clyne's current Southampton deal is set to expire in the summer of 2016, with Koeman conceding he would have to consider allowing the England full-back to leave if he did not sign a new deal.

It appears as if the speculation over Clyne's future at Southampton is coming to a close, with the club eager to hold on to a player who has hinted he is in no rush to leave.

“I’m happy playing for Southampton and happy to stay at Southampton as well,” said Clyne earlier this month.

"I’m enjoying my football for Southampton, playing week-in, week-out and it’s an up-and-coming club."

However, he would not confirm whether he would consider signing a new contract with the club as he added:

"My agent is negotiating, so I’ll just leave it with my agent and I’m just going to concentrate on playing my football."

Clyne is seen as one of United manager Louis van Gaal's top transfer targets this summer, as he looks to remould his squad ahead of the club's return to the Champions League next season.

Saints will be hoping their talks with Clyne end in the kind of success they have enjoyed with striker Jay Rodriguez, who has committed his future to the club.