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Friday 2 December 2016

Liverpool add another big name as Saints agree £12.5m Nathaniel Clyne bid

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne has said he is not ready to think about a new contract until the season is over - but wants to play in the Champions League and win trophies
Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne has said he is not ready to think about a new contract until the season is over - but wants to play in the Champions League and win trophies

Nathaniel Clyne is on the verge of completing his protracted move to Liverpool after Southampton accepted an improved £12.5 million bid.

Clyne will become the sixth summer signing for Brendan Rodgers and is poised to have his medical next week.

Liverpool’s second offer of an initial £10.5 million, which will rise to £12.5 million, has been enough to persuade Southampton to reluctantly sell the right-back.

Rodgers’s capture of Clyne would take their recent spending on Southampton players to over £60 million, following the signings of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert last summer.

Clyne’s arrival will also solve the full-back problem at Anfield after England international Glen Johnson’s departure on a free transfer.

Southampton had offered Clyne a new contract but the 24-year-old has shown no inclination to sign it and is now heading to Merseyside.

Clyne has established himself as a regular in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, though he was surprisingly overlooked for the European Championship qualifier against Slovenia earlier this month, only appearing as a late substitute.

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