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United make bid for Southampton's Shaw

ESPN staff
January 25, 2014
Luke Shaw is in high demand © Getty Images

Manchester United have made a substantial offer to Southampton for their 18-year-old full-back Luke Shaw and are awaiting a response from the Saints, a source has told ESPN.

A report in the Daily Mirror suggests United have made a £22.5m bid for Shaw, with our source confirming that the Old Trafford club have made a bid that will test the will of new Saints interim chief operating officer Gareth Rogers.

Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr has gone on record to insist she will not sell any of the club's star assets in this transfer window after assuming control of the club following the departure of executive chairman Nicola Cortese earlier this month, with those comments echoed by Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Yet an offer in the vicinity of what United are believed to have made may force Southampton to reconsider that stance.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Shaw in the last year, with the Blues believed to have made enquiries over his availability prior to the start of this Premier League season. Southampton officials staved off that approach as they vowed to hang onto the latest shining star to emerge from a celebrated academy set-up that has produced the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent years.

Now this fresh offer from United may force Southampton to consider their options, as the Premier League champions look to build on the momentum created by their club record signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea.

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