The Nathaniel Clyne saga is finally over. Following a protracted period of negotiation between us and Southampton, it appears the two parties have now reached a mutually agreeable figure.
The fee, which remains undisclosed to the public, is likely to be close to £1.5 million. Given the fact that the initial bid made by Southampton was deemed far too low to accept by officials at the club, many believed that the figure was all but certain to be settled by powers outside of the two clubs control. Clearly though, Saints have had a change of heart over the amount they’re willing to part with to get the transfer completed quickly, giving everyone the opportunity to move on without the unknown headache of an independent tribunal hanging over them.
Speaking to the official site, Steve Parish had the following to say.
“Nathaniel has been an excellent servant of the club and one we worked very hard to keep but it was clear his desire was to move away and we certainly can’t complain about the service he’s given the club, I told him all he owes us now is to show the Premier League how good he is and make us even more proud of him.
“We are also very pleased to have worked constructively with Southampton to conclude the deal before it went to a tribunal. We are all working hard behind the scenes to strengthen the squad and will use the right investment to bring in new players as and when we are sure they are the correct acquisitions for this football club”.
With Joel Ward arriving to fill the gap left by Clyne, we will now be able to use the funds generated by the agreed fee to strengthen other areas of the squad, with strikers and central defenders topping Freedman’s list of priorities before the transfer window shuts in September.
I look forward to seeing Nate putting the vast majority of the Premier League’s left wingers in his pocket next season, it’s just a shame he couldn’t have got there with us.