Crystal Palace set to sign former Liverpool defender Clyne

Date published: Tuesday 13th October 2020 10:56

Crystal Palace are on the verge of signing former Liverpool right back Nathaniel Clyne, according to a report.

Clyne is a free agent after being released by the Reds during the summer.

He’s since been training with the Palace first team to keep up his fitness and in search of a new contract.

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According to The Athletic, Roy Hodgson’s side are now on the verge of signing the Englishman.

The 29-year-old will reportedly sign a deal lasting until January, which is when the club will re-assess the player and consider an extension.

Clyne is being brought in to improve Hodgson’s squad depth. The Eagles already have Joel Ward and Martin Kelly who can play there, but the potential new signing will provide extra cover.

Clyne will also bring a host of international and European experience to the squad. He has been capped 14 times by England and has played in both the Champions League and Europa League during his time at Anfield.

Clyne signed for the Reds from Southampton for £12.5 million in July 2015. As he had come through the Palace academy and they had a sell-on fee, the Eagles received £2.5 million from the transfer.

Clyne went on to play 103 times for Liverpool. However, he fell down the pecking order in recent seasons as a result of the arrival of Trent Alexander-Arnold from the academy.

The right back was loaned out to Bournemouth during the 2018/19 campaign, where he made 15 appearances in total.

Palace look set to make him their fourth signing of the window. They’ve already brought in Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea and Nathan Ferguson on a free from West Brom. Their most impressive signing is the £20 million acquisition of  Eberechi Eze from QPR.

Eze is an exciting young talent who could finally prove his talent in the top flight this campaign.

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