Liverpool will have to pay £15m if they wish to sign Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne this summer, after the Saints turned down our original offer of around £10m – reports the Liverpool Echo.
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Liverpool transfer news
According to the Echo, we are currently considering our next move… Meanwhile, the vast majority of Liverpool fans are no doubt urging the club’s hierarchy not to throw away such an exciting potential move over just £5m; that’s only one Rickie Lambert!
Brendan Rodgers is believed to be a big admirer of the England international and with the addition of a new right-back simply a must this summer, you’d hope that the club won’t have too many qualms about coughing up the extra cash.
Clyne, 24, is approaching the final year of his contract at St. Mary’s, meaning that the South Coast side aren’t likely to hold out on a deal being done – they’d rather take the money than risk losing him on a free next summer.
The report suggests that Southampton’s director of football, Les Reed, will have one final crack and convincing Clyne to put pen to paper on a new contract but will not stand in his way if the defender says he wants to move to Liverpool.
Encouragingly, the path appears to be clear for us to sign Clyne. Manchester United were thought to be interested in signing him as well but they now look to have pulled out of any potential deal.
Come on Brendan, let’s get this one over the line!