Report: Ambitious Premier League right-back 'keen' on Manchester United move

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is reportedly keen on following in Luke Shaw's footsteps by making a move to Manchester United

According to a report in the Mirror, Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne is interested in treading a similar path to former teammate Luke Shaw by joining Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

The report states: ''The ambitious youngster is keen on a move to Old Trafford to follow the footsteps of Luke Shaw. United chief Louis van Gaal is a big admirer of the attacking England full-back and they are now hopeful of landing him. United paid £27 million for Shaw, 18, but will expect to land Clyne for a lot less as he is out of contract next year.''

The recently capped England defender has been in fine form this season, but having shown huge potential throughout his career, it has come as a surprise to very few people.

In the 2010-11 season, with Crystal Palace, Clyne became the youngest player in the Football League to play every single game of that campaign and was rewarded with the club's Player of the Year award. Although the season was a largely forgettable one for Palace fans, the impact by the youngster certainly wasn't.

After making his move to Southampton in the summer of 2012, he quickly became an integral fixture in a Saints side that have proven to be one of the most progressive in the Premier League.

81 Premier League games later, the diminutive defender has gone on to earn England caps and plaudits from the national press for his performances.

Is Nathaniel Clyne a good choice for United?

This season, Louis van Gaal has failed to play a consistent right-back and a number of players have been asked to fill the role.

The Dutch coach has asked the likes of Jesse Lingard, Paddy McNair, Rafael, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young to play in the position but hasn't made his first choice for the role very clear, and if he looks to once again implement wing-backs then it could make the selection process even more difficult.

Nevertheless, 23-year-old Clyne does appear to be the type of player Van Gaal is looking for and could represent good value for money due to his contract situation.

The question mark over big match experience will remain, but with nearly 100 Premier League appearances to his name it is unlikely to be too much of an issue for the United boss.

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