Liverpool are ready to step up their interest in Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne after seeing an initial bid of £10 million rejected for the England international.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that the Merseyside outfit haven't given up on securing the signature of the 24-year-old right-back.
Clyne, of course, enjoyed a fine season at the St Mary's, playing a key role in helping the club secure a top seven finish in the Premier League, but it appears that his long term future is in some doubt despite recently hinting that he's ready to commit his future with the Saints.
In fact, this past week, when discussing his future, he stated: "As long as you're playing well for your club and you're doing ever so well in the Premier League then, yeah, you'll get a chance, regardless of whether you're in a top team or not but Southampton's pushing up, so why can't we be a top team?"
It appears, though, that despite his recent claims, he could yet move on in the upcoming transfer window, with the same report from the Mail claiming that Southampton could sell him for as much as £15m.
Liverpool, though, aren't the only side interested in the player's signature, with their rivals Manchester United having also shown interest in recent time. It's far from certain, however, as to whether the Red Devils will step up their interest in the defender, with Liverpool seemingly intent on bringing him to Anfield.
And, in truth, that's not entirely surprising with Glen Johnson set to run out of contract and Jon Flannagan struggling on the injury scene. Clyne, then, would no doubt prove a fine coup for the Merseyside outfit as they go about improving in the 2015/16 campaign.
Ultimately, despite improvements at the back this season, Liverpool are still in need of change in all departments of the pitch, and the addition of Clyne would make a good start to this summer's transfer activity.
He's proven in the Premier League, and would certainly act as an upgrade on the likes of Johnson and Flannagan. £15m certainly isn't cheap, but he may well be worth it, as he could hold down the full-back position for many years to come.
Liverpool fans: How much do you think Clyne is worth? Have your say in the comments section below!
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