Saints desperate to fight off United interest.
Southampton are set to open talks with star player Nathaniel Clyne over a new contract at the club amid rumours linking the 23-year-old to Manchester United, according to the Guardian.
The Saints appear confident of keeping the player, who recently won his first caps for the senior England national team after a highly impressive start to the 2014/15 season.
United are in the market for defensive signings and have supposedly made Clyne one of their top targets, though they now face a battle to bring him to Old Trafford.
Clyne’s current deal expires in 2016 but he may be tempted to sign on improved terms and continue his development with the south coast side.