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Clyne’s Liverpool Move Could Bank Crystal Palace Up To £3 Million

Nathaniel Clyne is on the verge of being officially announced as a Liverpool player, with his first club Crystal Palace set to bank at least £1.5 million as part of the deal.

The right-back left SE25 in the summer of 2012 to join Southampton and has since gone on to establish himself as a regular starter at St Mary’s, but with Brendan Rodgers desperate to strengthen the Reds ahead of another tilt at the top four next season, the England international looks all set to make the switch to Anfield in the next day or so.

After making his Crystal Palace debut in October of 2008, Clyne became a much-loved member of the Eagles’ first-team, playing a huge part in the administration blighted campaign of 2009/10 after being convinced to shun interest in him from Wolves to stay put at Selhurst Park by his then manager Neil Warnock.

Going on to make 139 appearances in red and blue, it was his move to the south coast which brought him to the attention of the wider footballing public, settling into life in the Premier League instantly, before being given the chance to shine for the national team November of 2014, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 win over Slovenia. He has since gone on to play four more times for Roy Hodgson’s side and is touted to become England’s first-choice right-sided defender for years to come.

As part of the deal which saw him move to Southampton, Palace were guaranteed 20% of any profit Southampton made from a future sale, meaning that, with additional fees in the form of clauses with Liverpool, we could see close to £3 million coming our way over the next few years, which whilst not astronomical in the grand scheme of Premier League funding, is certainly welcome.

You would assume that Clyne will go from strength to strength on Merseyside, with his uncomplicated brand of defending bound to be appreciated by the Liverpool fans. It’s just a shame that his presence in their back four may hinder our chances of getting our customary win over them next season.

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Palace Set For Decent Pay-Off If Defender Makes Summer Move

According to a report in a recent edition of the South London Press, Crystal Palace will be in for a hefty sum if Southampton decide to sell Nathaniel Clyne over the summer.

The right-back, who has been in fantastic form for Southampton this season, only has 12 months to run on his current contract, leading to the assumption that if the club do intend to get a decent fee for him rather than letting him leave for free in a year, they may be forced to cash in when the current season ends.

Although it had looked likely that Clyne would leave Palace for the South Coast with a tribunal ruling over the sum we received, Steve Parish was eventually able to negotiate a deal with Saints which included a sizeable sell-on percentage, meaning that if they are to offload him this summer, we would be in for a decent chunk of money ourselves.

For Clyne, there is every chance that a host of clubs may be Interested in taking him away from St Mary’s, having started all four of England’s last competitive fixtures under Roy Hodgson, thanks to stellar form in the Premier League.

Working in a Southampton defence which includes former Palace man Jose Fonte and fellow England hopeful Ryan Bertrand, Clyne is making quite a name for himself, with transfer speculation coming as part of the package.

For us, there is little to be gained by the right-back staying with Saints, but for the man himself, there remains a real dilemma between the stability and adoration he receives at his current club weighed off against the potential for titles and regular Champions League football elsewhere; it’s far from a straightforward decision that he is set to make.

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