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.