After seeing their first bid of £10 million rejected, Liverpool have submitted an improved offer to Southampton for right-back Nathaniel Clyne.
Widespread reports have suggested that the Reds have increased their bid for Southampton‘s Nathaniel Clyne to £12.5 million.
The belief is that this improved offer with be enough to convince the Saints to depart with their first-choice right-back this summer.
John Percy of the Telegraph writes: “Liverpool have offered an initial £10.5 million, which will rise to £12.5 million, and [Brendan] Rodgers is hopeful the latest proposal is enough to persuade Southampton to sell.
“Clyne will solve the full-back problem at Anfield and it is thought he is open to the prospect of leaving Southampton after three years.”
Despite Southampton‘s £15 million valuation of the 24-year-old, circumstances are working in Liverpool’s favour, as Percy continues:
“The 24-year-old has shown no inclination to sign a new deal at St Mary’s Stadium and has only 12 months remaining on his contract…it is understood the defender is open to the prospect of a new challenge on Merseyside.”
The situation has also been helped by Southampton already signing another right-back, Sporting Lisbon’s Cedric Soares.
Clyne would join fellow new signings James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino in a decisive early recruitment drive by Liverpool bosses.
Meanwhile, it has been suggested that, following Ings’ assuming of the No. 28, Milner will adopt the iconic No. 7 shirt, while Firmino will wear No. 11.
Clyne would presumably take up the now-vacant No. 2 shirt if he were to make the move to Anfield this summer.
Things are moving swiftly and encouragingly on Merseyside—2015/16 could be a promising season yet.