By Chris Wright
Having already a couple of opening offers knocked back, Liverpool have finally broken Southampton’s resolve and had a £12.5million bid for Nathaniel Clyne accepted.
According to the Evening Standard, the deal is of the ‘£10.5million + £2million in add-ons’ variety, with Clyne’s camp set to open talks with Liverpool as soon as he returns from his post-season holiday.
Should the deal go through as expected, Clyne will be the fourth Saints player to be raided by Liverpool in the space of 12 months following Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren’s respective moves to Anfield last summer. That’s a total of approximately £60million Southampton will have recouped thanks to Liverpool’s singularly unimaginative transfer committee.
Southampton, on the other hand, have already moved to sign a knock-down replacement for Clyne in the shape of Portuguese right-back Cedric Soares, who arrived at St Mary’s last week from Sporting Lisbon in exchange for £3.5million.