Saints close in on Clyne

Palace youngster set for move to the Premier League

Nathaniel Clyne: Could be set to leave Crystal Palace to join Southampton

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Sky Sports sources understand Southampton have been given permission by Crystal Palace to speak to Nathaniel Clyne.

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Clyne is out of contract at Selhurst Park but Palace are still entitled to a fee for the 21-year-old defender.

Saints boss Nigel Adkins wants to give the highly-rated full-back an opportunity in the Premier League and is keen to secure a bargain deal for the London-born player.

The England Under 21 international has played more than 100 games for the Eagles since coming through the youth system and had previously been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Palace manager Dougie Freedman is reluctant to lose Clyne but realises the club have no option and the player is determined to leave.