Southampton line up replacement for Luke Shaw

With reports of Manchester United’s renewed interest in Shaw, the Saints are lining up his replacement

As Manchester United today reportedly renewed their interest in Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, the Saints are also keen to bring in a new face of their own.

Last week the Daily Mail reported that Southampton would pursue Swansea’s Neil Taylor as a replacement for the outgoing Shaw, with a new report now suggesting they will be looking into securing the services of the Welshman.

Taylor did not play as much football as he would have hoped for last season due to niggling injury problems and the strong form of his team-mate Ben Davies. But Taylor could now be offered an exit card and join the huge pool of talent in the South of England.

United’s reported £27million bid for Luke Shaw would certainly pave the way for the move if the deal went through, and would offer Taylor, a full-back of real quality, a chance to thrive in the first-team.

Taylor admitted he was going to go away ‘and have a think’ about his future this summer, as he is set to decide where his career lies.

Either way for Taylor, he will be working under a new regime at Swansea or Southampton. The Swans appointed interim coach Garry Monk as full-time manager for next season earlier in the month, while Mauricio Pochettino left Southampton for the Tottenham job this week, meaning a new boss must be appointed at St Mary’s.

In Taylor Southampton would bag a very agile, defensively solid left-back who has thrived at club and international level. His problem has been colleague Ben Davies, who has restricted him to appearances, and along with several injuries problems, Taylor’s life at the Liberty Stadium has become somewhat frustrating.

A new lease of life for Neil Taylor could be exactly what he requires, and Southampton could provide that escape.

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