Why Southampton can be the winners of Clyne transfer battle

Southampton should feel positive about the reported deal that they have lined up with Manchester United for Nathaniel Clyne.

Reports in the Daily Star today suggest that Manchester United have already completed a deal with Southampton to bring Nathaniel Clyne to Old Trafford.

Clyne has been in impressive form for Southampton throughout the 2014/15 campaign, earning international recognition with England on the back of his consistency, and the standard of his displays is said to have attracted attention from some of the biggest clubs in the country.

Clyne has just one year left on his contract at Southampton and the Saints are, therefore, in an awkward position as they cannot risk losing him on a free.

It seems that United have taken advantage of this and have already got a deal over the line, but it may be that Southampton can still come out of the transfer smiling.

Although Ronald Koeman's side will be losing a key player in their team, it seems that they are set to land a cash windfall and Javier Hernandez when the deal does go through, with United offering a swap deal to ensure they land the right-back.

Hernandez's addition would be a hugely important one at Southampton and it could leave their team looking stronger, even without Clyne.

There are plenty of right-backs available to the Saints, but attracting a proven Premier League scorer was always likely to be more difficult.

It could be the difference for the side heading forward. Southampton have struggled in recent times for goals, with Graziano Pelle failing to maintain the form he showed upon his arrival last summer.

Hernandez, though, would add quality and competition and he could be the sort of signing the side need to kick on to the next level.

The Mexican may not have been on top of his game late, during a season-long loan at Real Madrid, but he is a deadly finisher and should thrive in Southampton's system, which creates a lot of chances for the team's attacking players. 

If Southampton can get Hernandez back to his best, they will have secured the signature of one of the Premier League's most clinical front-men and, with a healthy cash sum also banked, they can feel pleased with this piece of business, even if they will see one of their better players depart...again.

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