Liverpool have received a huge boost to their hopes of signing Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne as Manchester United have pulled out of the race to sign him, reports The Times.
The Reds have already had a £10 million bid for the 24-year-old rejected by the Saints, and are expected to make another attempt in the near future. Were they to sign the right-back he would be the fourth player to move from the South Coast club to Merseyside in the last 12 months. Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, and Adam Lallana arrived at Anfield last summer.
It had been thought that the Red Devils would be rivaling Brendan Rodgers and co. for the defender, who was a part of the second meanest defence in the Premier League last season. However, they are now looking at other options such as Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, whose contract ends in a month’s time.
This is a big plus for the Anfield outfit, with current right-back Glen Johnson leaving the club. With the added problem of Jon Flanagan being ruled out for the foreseeable future they are in need of reinforcing the position.