Nathaniel Clyne
Clyne is a target for Manchester United. REUTERS

Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne's contract is a factor that will be considered if a club make a bid for the Crystal Palace star, according to club chairman Steve Parish, as deadline day grows ever closer.

Clyne is widely believed to have been scouted by Sir Alex Ferguson on a number of occasions, with local paper Manchester Evening News going so far last week as to claim that the club were in talks over a deal for the defender.

At just 20 years of age, Clyne has set the Championship on fire with his performances for Palace, and after making over 100 appearances for the club, his display against United when the side caused a major upset in the Carling Cup showed Ferguson first hand just how good he can be.

Despite Clyne being out of contract in the summer, because he's under 21, if he does leave the club Palace would still receive compensation. And current Palace chairman Steve Parish believes that the side will be weighing up the benefits of each option if a bid from the likes of United comes in.

"The situation with Nathaniel's contract is obviously a factor and something we would have to consider if we got a bid for him," he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"It is a slightly different situation but that doesn't mean we would be forced into accepting an offer we thought was too low.

"Because of his age we'd get compensation if he left in the summer anyway so we'd have to balance how good the offer was and it if was so big we thought we could strengthen the team by selling him."

United have been silent so far this transfer window, though the club have seen a few exits, with Diouf leaving for German outfit Hannover and Federico Macheda heading to QPR on loan.

Darron Gibson also made the move to Everton at the beginning of the window for an undisclosed fee.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison are still in contract talks with Ferguson, and with their deals running out in the summer, it could be an busy deadline day as United look to lock in their young stars at the very least.

While Ferguson has continued to insist that he will make no purchases in this window, tomorrow will still make for an interesting time for United fans, with Danny Welbeck also said to be in contract talks with the club.

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