Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is looking to return to Southampton in January, if Ryan Bertand moves to Manchester City, according to reports.
The Mirror report, the United full-back is cutting a frustrated figure at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and is hoping for an escape route back to St Mary’s.
That can only happen if the South Coast side decide to sell Bertrand to City who are keen to land another left-back with £52million Benjamin Mendy recovering from knee surgery.
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Bertrand, 28, who has 17 England caps, is high on Pep Guardiola’s January shopping list, with Saints prepared to do business if they get a massive offer.
Shaw, 22 is hoping a potential move North for Bertrand will allow him to get some regular football to force his way back into England boss Gareth Southgate’s plans ahead of the World Cup next summer.
He has returned to full fitness since ankle surgery in May but has been restricted to just two League Cup games this term.
It is the latest set-back to his career since quitting Southampton for United in a huge £27million deal in 2014 on a four-year deal.
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MirrorSport revealed on September 5 that United had taken up a one-year option to automatically extend his deal until 2019.
The England left-back will have just 18 months left when the transfer window re-opens in January.
United are unlikely to let him get to next summer with just one-year left, with no formal talks yet about Shaw extending his stay in Manchester.
Reportedly, Shaw is so disillusioned at Old Trafford, and with talk of a strained relationship with Mourinho, it would be surprise if he wanted to stick around if the Portuguese coach is at the helm.