According to Wales Online, Cardiff City are preparing to launch a bid to bring Liverpool’s out-of-favour Nathaniel Clyne to the Cardiff City Stadium on loan in the upcoming January transfer window.
Clyne was a first-team regular during his first two seasons at Anfield following his 2015 switch from Southampton. However, an injury sustained early last season allowed for the emergence of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Clyne has been banished to the fringes of Jurgen Klopp’s squad ever since.
The 27-year-old must seek a move away from the Merseyside outfit as soon as possible. At this stage in his career, the 14 cap England international has to be playing week in week out.
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Whilst Clyne would certainly become a first-team regular again if he joined Neil Warnock’s newly-promoted Welsh outfit, clubs higher up the table should also be considering a move for the right-back’s signature. Everton would be wise to enter the race for the defender.
Players rarely move directly between these great rivals. Full-back Abel Xavier was the last player to join one club directly from the other when he left Goodison Park to join the Reds in 2002.
However, this long-standing barren run of business taking place between the clubs ought not to put the Toffees off of making a move for Clyne.
Injury-prone 30-year-old Seamus Coleman is currently Everton’s first-choice right-back, whilst his back-up, 21-year-old Jonjoe Kenny, is yet to fully convince that he has what it takes to usurp the Irishman in Marco Silva’s starting XI regularly.
A switch to Everton would keep Clyne playing at a high level, competing in the top half of the Premier League table, where he belongs. Rediscovering his best form, which first earned him his big move away from St Mary’s Stadium, could even see him return to contention for international selection – if he’s brave enough to cross the Merseyside derby divide that is.
What do you think, Toffees fans, would you welcome the outcast Liverpool man to Goodison Park?