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The 18-year-old left-back is ready to remain at Southampton until the end of the season following strong interest from the Premier League champions in the January window

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By Wayne Veysey

Luke Shaw is set to stay at Southampton this month ahead of a titanic £25 million battle to sign him this summer.

The 18-year-old left-back has been the subject of strong interest from Manchester United in the final week of the transfer window but he is happy to remain at St Mary's Stadium.

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The boyhood Chelsea fan is ready to wait and see if the rumoured strong interest from Jose Mourinho's team materialises before sanctioning his advisers to push for a move.

Shaw's future is complicated by the fact that his management team Stellar Group also represent Ashley Cole, who wants a new Chelsea deal when his current contract expires in the summer.

As reported by Goal, United made a move for Shaw last week as they laid down an early marker in what is likely to be a concerted push for the left-back.

The Premier League champions opened preliminary talks with Southampton over a £20m move this month as they explored the possibility of following up the £37m capture of Juan Mata.

Manager David Moyes is in the market for a new left-back as he prepares for the possible departure of Patrice Evra, whose contract expires in the summer.

Shaw, 18, is the highest-rated English player in his age group. He is yet to be capped by England but made his debut for Southampton aged 18 and has already accumulated 51 first-team appearances for Mauricio Pochettino's exciting team.

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