Chelsea and Manchester United will be forced to wait until the summer before launching a successful bid to sign Southampton and England Under-21 left-back Luke Shaw, according to former Saints manager Glenn Hoddle.
The 18 year old signed a new five-year contract with the south coast club in the summer and his impressive showings have sparked reported interest from the Premier League pair.
With the future of Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino uncertain following the resignation of Nicola Cortese last week, after the Argentine boss only committed himself to the club until the end of the current season, a number of players including Shaw have reportedly become unsettled.
Both Chelsea and United are in search of a new full-back with Ashley Cole yet to be offered a new contract and Patrice Evra nearing the end of his Old Trafford career however Hoddle predicts any of Shaw's top four admirers will have to wait until the summer to land their target.
"The left-back [Luke Shaw] will move on, I'm sure he won't be able to stay there," Hoddle told talkSPORT. "Unfortunately for Southampton. I think bigger clubs in the top four will be looking to take him.
"He looks the real deal. I don't think he's go in this window but certainly at the end of the season. He is one for the future for England, if his defensive play gets better which it will do.
"If you think that Bale was a left-back at Southampton and in the end wasn't quite good enough defensively and moved forward."
Chelsea and United are currently at the centre of a transfer wrangle over the future of Juan Mata with the Premier League champions having reportedly submitted a £35m bid for the Spanish playmaker
Both Chelsea and United are now expected to go head-to-head for Shaw this summer.
Cole is expected to travel to the World Cup in Brazil as manager Roy Hodgson's first choice at left-back but has admitted he would not resist giving Shaw a chance, such has been his form.
"I'm still very happy to consider Ashley Cole as a potential English left-back," the England manager said in November.
"But the competition for that spot is particularly fierce because Baines is also playing well and on top of that we have Kieran Gibbs and Luke Shaw, two younger players who I think can definitely put these more senior ones under some pressure.
"I would definitely not be concerned, if there were no Ashley Cole or Leighton Baines, about Gibbs or Shaw playing."