Exclusive: Arsenal to Launch £12m Bid for Southampton Youngster Nathaniel Clyne

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Arsenal have set their sights on Southampton youngster Nathaniel Clyne and are ready to offer £12m for the right-back.

CaughtOffside understands that Arsene Wenger has earmarked a move for the former Crystal Palace man as a suitable replacement for Bacary Sagna, who looks set to leave the North London club at the end of the season when his current contract comes to an end.

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Though Wenger can call upon Carl Jenkinson he is keen to bring in further alternatives and may feel that attack minded Saints wide-man Clyne can also play further up on the right-wing.

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The Gunners boss has previously raided Southampton to bring in Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and was linked with an interest in Clyne before he moved to St Mary’s in July 2012.

Clyne may well jump at the chance of a move to the Emirates Stadium, perhaps believing a high-profile move could help in his pursuit for a call-up to the senior England national team set-up having represented the Under 21 side on eight occasions.

Even though Southampton have started the current campaign in solid fashion the allure of a move to table topping Arsenal and a return to London could well lead to Clyne considering a move to leaving the Saints.

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