Crystal Palace and West Ham United are set for a summer tug of war over the Merseyside giants defender Nathaniel Clyne. England international is out of a deal at the end of the campaign and is attracting interest from Crystal Palace and West Ham United.
Liverpool manager is set to let Nathaniel move on this summer rather than offer the defender a new deal. Clyne, who moved to Anfield from Southampton for a £12m fee in 2015, has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool with Trent Alexander-Arnold filling the right-back slot.
The 29-year-old’s £90,000-a-week deal expires at the end of this campaign, and several clubs are interested. West Ham boss David Moyes is one, but Palace, where Clyne began his career, are also keen. Ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paul Robinson believes Clyne will have used the break in play during the coronavirus crisis to line up his next club.
The emergence of Trent, plus a cruciate ligament injury last summer, meant he had not made a single game this campaign, after just five games the previous year, when he had a loan spell at Bournemouth. Nathaniel was a first-team regular for Crystal Palace in the Championship before stepping up a level by joining the Saints in 2012.
Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has been on the battle for a defender since selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Man United last summer. Joel Ward has filled the void, but a challenger is wanted at Selhurst Park. Clyne played 137 matches in all tournaments for Crystal Palace after making his debut in 2008.