Liverpool are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Manchester United target Nathaniel Clyne after bookmakers SkyBet suspended betting on the Southampton defender moving to Anfield in the forthcoming transfer window.
That's according to Sky Sports, who suggest the England international will be formally announced as a Reds player in the next few days following the successful completion of a Merseyside medical.
Clyne has been heavily linked with a move away from St Mary's for a number of months after entering the final 12 months of his Saints contract.
The 24-year-old has consistently stalled over penning an extension with the Hampshire-based club, and when Ronald Koeman secured the services of fellow right-back Cedric Soares from Sporting Lisbon earlier this month, rumours gathered pace that the Crystal Palace academy graduate would be leaving the south coast.
Like Southampton, Brendan Rodgers has acted quickly in an attempt to get his business done early this summer, having already signed James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan on Bosman free transfers.
The Liverpool boss has also snapped up the signature of highly-rated Charlton Athletic youngster Joe Gomez, as well as Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim, and he's now pressing ahead with another defensive acquisition in the form of Clyne.
After Saints rejected the Premier League giants' initial offer of £10 million it's believed the Reds have now returned with an improved bid that is closer to the club's asking price, prompting access to the player and his representative to thrash out terms of his contract.
Of course, Clyne is not the first Southampton player to swap St Mary's for Anfield after former captain Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren all departed last summer, soon after Mauricio Pochettino's defection to Tottenham Hotspur.
Thankfully for Saints fans it seems that the club is much better prepared for the flying full-back's imminent exit having already recruited his replacement, a fully fledged international with Portugal that already has experience of playing European football in both the Champions League and Europa League.
Liverpool fans: Do you think Nathaniel Clyne will be a decent signing for Brendan Rodgers? How will he fare at Anfield compared to all the other old Southampton players who penned deals last summer? Have your say below...
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