According to Goal, Liverpool are looking to offload Nathaniel Clyne this summer having spent the last three months without the former Southampton man and have named their price should any clubs come calling for his services, Bournemouth and West Ham included.
Having already signed Dominic Solanke from the Reds for an eyebrow-raising £19m, are the Cherries about to be taken for another ride by Liverpool’s sporting director, Michael Edwards?
What’s the word?
Well, Goal reports that Manuel Pellegrini and Eddie Howe will go head to head for the right-back at the end of the season after an ‘impressive’ spell at the Vitality Stadium, although he won’t come for chump change.
The Reds are set to demand approximately £15m for the 28-year-old, who is understood to have thoroughly enjoyed his time being back on the south coast, although the lure of a return to London for the Stockwell-born star could mean that a move to the Irons is tempting.
If Bournemouth have any sense, they will leave West Ham to sign another formerly-solid player who has been ruined by injuries and look elsewhere for a new right-back.
Bournemouth must de-Clyne
Clyne has long since lost his place to Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield due to both injury setbacks and the aforementioned Scouser’s sensational showings and is in desperate need of a new, permanent employer – it shouldn’t be Bournemouth, though, if the hierarchy have been paying close attention to his performances.
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The defender has been poor in the last few games in particular and represents a big risk to the Cherries, who have enough players carrying recurring knocks without taking on the 5 ft 9 number 23, who has spent much of his time on the treatment table in recent years.
Having already spent nearly £20m to bring a thus-far uninspiring Solanke to the south coast (and let’s not even get started on Jordon Ibe), Bournemouth must be careful not to overpay for an unwanted Liverpool player for what would now be the third occasion.