Southampton targeting Daryl Janmaat suggests they have moved on from Leeds star Sam Byram

Southampton are reportedly interested in Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat - which will be a big boost for Leeds.

According to the Daily Mirror, Southampton are pursuing a deal to sign Newcastle right back Daryl Janmaat in this summer's transfer window.

The Magpies defender worked with Saints manager Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord, and the Dutchman is reportedly keen for a reunion on the South Coast.

Of course, this has all come about because Southampton will find it hard to keep hold of right back Nathaniel Clyne this summer.

The England international has just one year left on his contract with the Saints, and recent reports from the Daily Mail suggest that he could be a target for Manchester United this summer.

Given that he has already worked with Janmaat before, Koeman may already have his prime candidate to replace Clyne should he leave - and that would be great news for Leeds.

Southampton boss Koeman admitted last summer that he was interested in signing Byram but had seen a bid rejected for the 21-year-old, whilst the Daily Star reported in January that Koeman remained interested in his services.

Leeds fans will be concerned that they could lose top prospects such as Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt this summer, so Southampton moving on to other targets will give Leeds a great chance of extending Byram's contract at Elland Road, which is currently set to expire in 2016.

If Newcastle choose not to sell Janmaat to their Premier League rivals, then Byram could end up back on Southampton's radar - but for now, it seems that there could be a chance of Byram staying at Elland Road for a while yet. 

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