Paterson sticking with Saints

Striker set to sign new deal at St Mary's

Paterson: Set for new deal

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Southampton starlet Matthew Paterson is poised to sign a new deal at St Mary's, understands.

Paterson is highly-regarded at Southampton and the club are keen to reward him for his progress with a contract extension with his current deal due to expire in the summer.

The 19-year-old has made the breakthrough into the first-team this season and he has so far made nine appearances this term.

Paterson scored his first goal for the club earlier this month when he came off the bench to find the net in the 3-0 win over Ipswich and his performances have alerted the Scotland Under 21 coaching staff.

The striker's form has seen a number of League One and League Two clubs enquire about signing him on loan, but Southampton have rebuffed all overtures for Paterson.

News of Paterson's fresh deal will come as a timely boost for Saints as they battle to avoid relegation from the Championship.