Liverpool have announced the signing of Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, in what is the Reds’ sixth signing of the summer so far.
The England international was heavily linked with an end of season exit from the St Mary’s Stadium throughout the 2014-15 season, and having entered the final year of his Saints contract, Ronald Koeman has opted to cash in on the 24-year-old.
BBC Sport reveal that Southampton have received £12.5m for his signature and the defender has put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract at Anfield.
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Clyne told liverpoolfc.com, “I’m delighted and it’s a dream move for me to come here and play for such a big club with all of its history. I can’t wait to get started.
“As soon as Liverpool showed their interest in me, I was happy and just wanted the deal to go through.
“The gaffer has shown a lot of interest in me and this is a place where I can improve as a player, I think. It’s definitely a good opportunity to come here and try to fulfil my potential.
“I’ve played at Anfield before and know what the atmosphere is all about. It’s a great atmosphere and will make me rise to the challenge. I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully it can push me on to putting on good performances.”
James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino have already been signed by Rodgers this summer, and the Northern Irish manager isn’t likely to be finished in the market.