Liverpool are preparing a second offer for Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne after seeing their original bid of £10m rejected, reports The Mirror.
Brendan Rodgers handed £50m over to the Saints last season after buying Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert and now wants another south coast star to add to his collection.
But Southampton are desperately trying to hang on to Clyne, who was a star player in what amounted to a spectacular season at St Mary's.
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Despite losing £100m worth of talent last summer, Southampton were in hot pursuit of a top four finish well into the new year and eventually finished in seventh to secure a Europa League spot.
Liverpool can only offer Clyne the same level of football after finishing sixth themselves, but are hopeful that they can convince the 24-year-old by offering him the chance to replace Glen Johnson as a key first-team player.
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Rodgers has already impressed with his recruitment this summer after free contract deals with both Manchester City star James Milner and Burnley's Danny Ings.
Manchester United interest
However, they will have serious competition from Manchester United if they are to seal a deal for Clyne.
Louis van Gaal has been linked with a move for some time and looks set to revive his interest after seeing Dani Alves commit his future to Barcelona.
The Red Devils can offer Clyne Champions League football at Old Trafford and will also be able to offer him a superior wage packet.
Stealing a march
Liverpool are moving fast though and have stolen a march on their arch-rivals as a result. A fresh bid for Clyne is expected from Anfield later this week but Southampton will be reluctant to accept anything short of £20m.
They themselves have been in contract talks with Clyne over the last few weeks and remain confident that the right-back wants to remain at the club.
Having finished just one point adrift from Liverpool in the Premier League, Ronald Koeman will argue that a move to Anfield would be a sideways step for Clyne.
With the England international fighting for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad, a move this summer may also risk unsettling his tremendous form.
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