Last Updated: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:04
Manchester United appear to have settled on Luke Shaw as their primary left-back target, but Southampton will resist any January bid.
United boss David Moyes is keen to sign a long-term replacement for first-choice left-back Patrice Evra as soon as possible, but it looks as though he is ready to call the club's pursuit of Leighton Baines off.
The Everton star is out of contract in 18 months time but is settled on Merseyside, leaving Moyes to look elsewhere - with Shaw top of the list of domestic options while Sevilla's Alberto Moreno and St Etienne's Faouzi Ghoulam head the list of European alternatives.
United failed with a desperately late bid for Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao in the summer transfer window and may still go back in for the Portuguese international if they fail to persuade the Saints to sell them the £15million-rated Shaw.
The 18-year-old defender has also been linked to Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea with the Kingston-upon-Thames-born player having previously declared an affiliation with Jose Mourinho's side.
Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino will not sanction a move in mid-season, particularly as the player does not want to leave either.
He said: "It is taking him some time to mature as a player and I think all these rumours and this speculation around him is not beneficial for him.
"It's negative for him.
"It's also very clear what the project here at Southampton is - it's a project of young players and Luke Shaw is a prime example of a young player who has come up through the ranks.
"What's clear is that the player is not for sale and the player has stated he doesn't want to go anywhere else."
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