Liverpool are hoping to sign Southampton and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne for £11 million after an initial £9 million bid was rejected.
Liverpool are expected to place an improved offer for Clyne soon and the reliable Paul Joyce of the Express makes the claim about £11 million being the Reds’ aim for a successful bid.
The 24-year-old has one year remaining on his contract at St. Mary’s, but relations between the two clubs are soured after last summer’s raid of trio Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.
Clyne had a superb season for Southampton last year, but England boss Roy Hodgson has continued to overlook him and instead opted to start Man United centre-back Phil Jones at right-back against Slovenia, before switching Jordan Henderson to the role at half-time.
The Echo report on Tuesday that Southampton value the former Crystal Palace full-back at £15 million:
The South Coast club have offered an extension to that deal, but are privately resigned to losing the former Crystal Palace man, and will now seek to extract the maximum possible price this summer.
Liverpool see Clyne as a key signing, with their need for a new right-back amplified by the departure of Glen Johnson on a free transfer.
Supporters will be hoping Liverpool don’t end up spending more than £11 million on a player who only has a year left on their contract.
It’s very quiet in the Liverpool rumour mill at the moment with very little new reports.
Some players return to pre-season training in a fortnight and Liverpool are still yet to appoint an assistant manager or first-team coach.
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