Southampton are confident Nathaniel Clyne (pictured) will sign a new contract "sooner rather than later" after a change of agent allowed talks to accelerate with the defender, according to executive director of football Les Reed.
Saints are eager to strike an agreement with Clyne, whose current contract expires at the end of next season and is reportedly a summer transfer target for Manchester United.
Manager Ronald Koeman last month gave the 24-year-old 10 days to make a decision on his future and while that deadline has now passed, Reed says a new agent has seen talks progress. "Ronald made a comment that there was a deadline," Reed said.
"That deadline was more about getting a response and that issue has been solved by the fact Nathaniel has changed his agent.
"We got an immediate response from his new agent. That's not our business but there was something there slowing things down.
"That's all accelerated, I'm in discussions with his agent and those have been very, very positive."