Report: Nathaniel Clyne opens negotiations with Southampton over contract extension

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Looking to avoid the exodus that plagued last summer, Southampton is hoping to keep right-back Nathaniel Clyne despite a healthy dose of interest from outside parties.

According to the Daily Star, Clyne himself approached the club to give them a chance to present an extension, and the two parties have begun to discuss. While nothing is guaranteed, it’s a massive step for the player to approach the club about a new deal despite plenty of swirling rumors.

The 24-year-old had a stellar season, earning his England debut in the process. It resulted in plenty of links to clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea with club discussions earning reports of a deal anywhere in the $28-39 million range.

But Clyne put off talks of an extension to concentrate on the season, and now that things are coming to a close, he reportedly feels ready to try and discuss a stay at St. Mary’s. The report says Clyne and his camp have begun the process by arranging a sit-down with Southampton executive director Les Reed.

Clyne’s current deal runs through the summer of 2016, meaning if the two sides cannot reach an agreement soon, he would likely be sold with his value having probably reached an apex. However, should Southampton work out a satisfactory new deal and keep Clyne, it would be a massive step for the club. They are dealing with yet another summer with uncertain futures for top players like Morgan Schneiderlin, Jose Fonte and Toby Alderweireld.