SAINTS could be set to receive an approach for teenage defender Luke Shaw, with Chelsea reportedly weighing up a £4m offer for the left back.

Shaw, who turns 17 next week, is one of the brightest prospects in the Saints academy, and has been promoted to the first-team squad for the coming season.

He has been watched by a host of top Premier League clubs, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United among those who have also been keeping an eye on him.

But Saints have never had any intention of selling the England Under-17 star, and are under no financial pressure to do so.

The club's hand is strengthened further by Shaw having agreed a three-year professional deal with the club 18 months ago. That will come into effect on July 12, when he turns 17.

Shaw has made one first-team appearance so far for Saints, coming off the bench in the final stages of a 1-1 FA Cup draw at Millwall last season.

He was initially scouted by Saints at the age of eight and has been with the club ever since.

Alongside teammate Calum Chambers, Shaw competed for his country earlier this year in the elite qualifying round of the European Under-17 Championship.

The Kingston-born defender has made eight appearances for the England side, scoring once.