Report: Southampton accept £12.5m Liverpool bid for Nathaniel Clyne

Glen Johnson (low quality)

Liverpool are reported to have finally had a bid accepted for Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne.

According to Alex Crook of the Mirror, Southampton have accepted Liverpool's £12.5 million bid for Nathaniel Clyne after the defender demanded a move away from St. Mary's Stadium.

Clyne, a 24-year-old full-back, has also been linked with a move to Manchester United, as per the Daily Star, but talk of that deal happening has slowed of late, making Liverpool the front-runners.

The report also suggests that Southampton were holding out for a £15 million offer but due to the defender demanding to leave, they have little choice but to accept a lower fee.

Liverpool are in need of a right-back following the departure of Glen Johnson, who is now a free agent. If the club are to challenge in any way for a top four spot next season, they have to strengthen departments in the squad that need addressing.

Losing Luis Suarez last season proved to be a real blow for Brendan Rodgers' side. The Northern Irish manager needs another talisman of that calibre to bring Liverpool back to that level, but their chances of getting one so soon are limited.

When Steven Gerrard was still very much in his prime and the club sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea, Suarez came in as a ready-made replacement, although was nowhere near prolific as he proved to be at a later stage. They are now losing another big presence in Gerrard.

The Mirror, going on the same report, believe Clyne will complete his move to Anfield after returning from holiday in Las Vegas.

Nathaniel Clyne at £12.5 million. Could Liverpool find a better deal for a right-back?

Not in the current climate, no. The valuation of England internationals often goes through the roof, as seen last summer when Manchester United splashed £30 million (per Sky Sports) on Luke Shaw.

Although, if Shaw can prove himself at Old Trafford, he has the ability to be their main left-back for over a decade. Nobody will talk about the valuation if that happens.

Clyne has promise and at 24-years-old, Liverpool should have him throughout the peak of his career. The club are getting their business done early, which gives them a major advantage ahead of the new campaign.

All of their new signings will get a full pre-season with their new team-mates and that gives them a chance to settle and build working relationships with one another.

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