Three Manchester United players Southampton could demand in any Clyne deal

St Marys Southampton

Southampton could look at asking for a number of Manchester United's players if Louis van Gaal's men want to take Nathaniel Clyne.

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne, according to a report in the Daily Star.

United are said to have been keen on Clyne for some time now, and Southampton are apparently resigned to losing the England right-back in the summer.

An exit will be frustrating for the Saints, as Clyne has become one of their most important players, but they should look at demanding players in exchange to help soften the blow – as has been mooted.

In this piece we take a look at three United men who could made good additions at St. Mary's.

Paddy McNair

The youngster is considered to have a bright future at Old Trafford, but with United having a penchant for signing high-profile stars in recent transfer windows, his chances of breaking through appear to be limited. 

McNair can operate anywhere across the back-four and could become the Saints' long-term replacement for Clyne.

Southampton have shown their ability to develop numerous young players and McNair could well turn out to be a valuable addition for the South Coast club. 

Nick Powell

Another player who Southampton could sign with the future in mind, as Powell's career has faltered since securing a move to Old Trafford.

The attacking midfielder has failed to make an impression at United and it seems that he may need a move away from the club if he is to fulfil his obvious potential.

At the age of 21, Powell still has time on his side and a fresh start at Southampton could be perfect for him.

It wasn't long ago that Powell was considered to be one of this country's finest prospect and if the Saints could get him back to his best, they would have another valuable young player in their ranks. 

Javier Hernandez

Hernandez would arrive at Southampton as a player who could immediately enhance their starting line-up.

The Mexican may not have been at his best in recent times, but he remains a deadly finisher and he could push the Saints on to the next level.

Southampton have lacked competition up-front this season, with Graziano Pelle having to shoulder the bulk of the goalscoring responsibility, but Hernandez would offer an injection of international quality to their attacking unit. 

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