Southampton positive about keeping Nathaniel Clyne

Southampton have launched a fresh charge to keep right-back Nathaniel Clyne at the club amid growing interest from Manchester United.

The club’s director of football, Les Reed has said that negotiations over a new contract with the England international have progressed and are in “good shape” at the moment.

Manager Ronald Koeman and the Southampton management could do well to keep the former Crystal Palace man, who has made 39 appearances for the club this season and has established himself as an England international after making his debut in November for Roy Hodgson’s men.

Southampton have already secured the future of in demand England international striker Jay Rodriguez earlier in the week, and Koeman, fearing growing speculation over Clyne’s future, issued a 10 day deadline to the defender to decide his future.

With that having passed, Clyne expressed his happiness over staying at Southampton, with Reed now confident that he would join Rodriguez in signing a new deal.

“With Clyney it’s been the same as with Jay, we’ve been talking for quite a while,” Reed told the club’s official website.

“Ronald made a comment that there was a deadline. That deadline was more about getting a response, and that issue has been solved by the fact Nathaniel has changed his agent. We got an immediate response from his new agent.

“That’s not our business, but there was something there slowing things down. That’s all accelerated, I’m in discussions with his agent and those have been very positive.

“Nathaniel has already made statements that he’s happy here. There’s bound to be speculation because he’s such a good player and has had such a good season so we have to balance that against what he can do for us in the future and what we can do for him.

“We’re at a very good place at the moment in terms of discussions going on and I’m confident again that we will have a resolution to that sooner rather than later.”

Koeman does not expect a similar exodus to last year when Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers all left for clubs playing in the Champions League this season.

“I don’t expect the numbers of players to leave the club but after a good season there is always interest in Southampton players,” he told BBC Radio live.

“If you’re a player of Southampton you always dream of playing Champions League football. We like to play Champions League football but need more time to develop ourselves.”

Southampton have performed admirably well this season, finding themselves behind Tottenham in 7th place with hopes of playing in the Europa League still alive.