Manchester United are preparing to move for Daryl Janmaat this summer according to sources in the north west.

The Dutch full-back already has a strong past relationship with Louis Van Gaal having played under him for Holland.

The latest report in the Northern Echo says that they understand Manchester United are losing hope of signing Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton, with Chelsea entering the bidding and looking favourites as they are prepared to pay a minimum of £20m.

Van Gaal has targeted a specialist right-back after having to rely on Valencia filling in regularly at full-back.

With Clyne looking sure to move this summer, Southampton were also reported at the weekend to be looking at Janmaat to reinvest a large portion of any fee for Clyne.

Ronald Koeman was Daryl Janmaat’s manager at Feyenoord and sadly you couldn’t blame the Newcastle defender if he saw the Saints as a better bet than NUFC, considering the relative ambition shown by the two clubs.

Whilst any departure of Janmaat wouldn’t be good for Newcastle fans, a potential move to Southampton would be a damning indictment on Mike Ashley’s running of the club.

Those weekend reports suggested that Tim Krul was also on Southampton’s radar with Fraser Forster’s injury likely to see him miss a significant part of next season as well.

That would almost be no laughing matter if two very good international keepers ended up at Southampton after being victims of the chaotic running of Newcastle United under Ashley.