BRANDON WILLIAMS is reportedly close to joining Southampton on loan.
The Mail claims Manchester United’s young defender, 20, will link up with the Saints this summer after struggling for minutes last season.
Luke Shaw has established himself as the club’s No1 left-back.
And with Alex Telles also joining United last summer, Williams played just four times in the Premier League.
Opportunities will become even more limited for versatile Williams this term, with United hunting for a new right-back too.
And the academy graduate is now set to play for Southampton after they lost Ryan Bertrand on a free transfer to Leicester.
The south coast outfit wanted to sign Williams in January but were rebuffed by United.
However, Southampton are now set to finally land their man after seeing off other clubs.
Newcastle, West Ham and Norwich were all thought to be interested in Williams.
But United’s long-term plan is for the whizkid to return home next summer with a full season of regular minutes under his belt.
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And with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showing he is not afraid of playing youngsters, there is still very much a future at Old Trafford for Williams.
Meanwhile, Southampton are also eager to snap up Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong.
The forward is valued at £15million by his club, with former side Newcastle entitled to 40 per cent of the fee after selling Armstrong to Rovers for just £1.75m in 2018.
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