Nathaniel Clyne ‘on the verge’ of sealing Crystal Palace return on a free transfer after Liverpool release having proven fitness to boss Roy Hodgson
- Nathaniel Clyne has been training with Crystal Palace for the past month
- The full-back came through an Under 23 game against Aston Villa unscathed
- It was the first match the former England international had played in 15 months
- Roy Hodgson now looks set to offer him short term deal until end of January
- Clyne started his career at Selhurst Park in 2008 before leaving for Southampton
Crystal Palace are reportedly close to re-signing Nathaniel Clyne on a free transfer following the defender’s release from Liverpool over the summer.
Clyne has been training with the Eagles over the past month to try and restore his fitness after missing the whole of last season with cruciate knee ligament damage suffered in a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund.
According to The Athletic, the right-back has impressed Palace boss Roy Hodgson enough to be on the verge of signing a deal until the end of January having featured in a recent Under 23s fixture against Aston Villa – his first game in 15 months.
Nathaniel Clyne is on the verge of re-signing for Crystal Palace following his Liverpool release
Clyne picked up a season ending knee injury in a friendly with Borussia Dortmund in July 2019
The 29-year-old started his career at Selhurst Park in 2008 and featured 137 times before earning a move to Southampton in 2012.
Given the deal is only for just over three months, the former England international is expected to only act as cover for the experienced Joel Ward.
Nathan Ferguson was expected to provide cover as well as competition for Ward following his arrival from West Bromwich Albion in the summer but he is still recovering from knee surgery from February.
But he has impressed Roy Hodgson enough to earn a short term deal back at Selhurst Park
Clyne (right, playing against Palace) has not featured in the Premier League since spending a season on loan at Bournemouth during the 2018-19 campaign
The 20-year-old though is expected to return to fitness soon.
Clyne will relish the prospect to feature again following a nightmare final three years on the books at Anfield which ended with his release on July 1 having been training on his own away from the first team.
After falling behind in the pecking order to Trent Alexander-Arnold, a back injury had ruled him out of most of the 2017-18 season before he struggled on loan at Bournemouth the following campaign.
The full-back (left) started his career at Crystal Palace in 2008 before leaving five years later