Liverpool to increase bid for Nathaniel Clyne after Southampton reject initial £10m offer
Liverpool have failed in a £10m bid for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne. The Merseyside club made an official approach for the England international, but fell short in their valuation.
They still hope to secure a deal for the defender, who would solve a full-back problem at Anfield, and will not be dissuaded by having their first bid rejected. There is sure to be another approach for the 24-year-old.
Clyne, recently promoted to the England squad, was one of the players of the season but has only one year left on his contract which is why Liverpool hope he can be signed for an attractive price. Despite missing out on the Champions League, Liverpool are confident they can lure Clyne to Merseyside.
They are desperate for quality in his position. With Glen Johnson leaving on a free transfer, Emre Can was used at right-back in the latter part of the season with poor results.
Clyne would be the fourth signing from Southampton in 12 months, following Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert, all of whom made the journey north with inauspicious results a year ago. A successful Liverpool bid would take their recent spending on Saints players to more than £60m, with Clyne seen as one of the most promising defenders in England.
Manchester United showed interest in him earlier this season, but he is not believed to be a priority for Louis van Gaal.
Clyne was in contract talks with Southampton for most of last season, but indicated he is considering his options.
The move for Clyne and imminent bid for Christian Benteke demonstrate where the priorities are for Brendan Rodgers and, if he can confirm the signings of James Milner and Danny Ings, it will add quality to a squad that is lacking, despite an outlay of over £100m.
Rodgers has retained the backing of Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon but will still have a job on his hands to restore the faith of disillusioned fans after the 6-1 loss to Stoke City and the series of disjointed displays that preceded it.
Liverpool expect Ings to confirm his wish to snub Tottenham and head to Anfield before flying out to the Czech Republic with England for next month's Euro U-21 Championship finals. The Burnley forward has been pursued by Liverpool since last January.
Tottenham bid £12m, which either demonstrates how much they rate a player who is out of contract in a few weeks or is a strategy to ensure that, when Liverpool buy the player, they will be ordered to pay more than the £5m compensation they anticipate. Liverpool must pay for Ings despite him being out of contract because he is under 23.
Manchester United have dropped out of the running to sign the forward.
Ings, who also has an offer from Real Sociedad, is on holiday before linking up with Gareth Southgate's U-21 squad.
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard's debut for LA Galaxy has been pencilled in for July 11 against Mexico Club in the International Champions Cup. Gerrard is on an end-of-season break in Dubai with his former Liverpool team-mates before officially joining LA Galaxy when the transfer window opens on July 8.
Former Ireland international John Sheridan has left his post as Plymouth manager.
The 50-year-old guided the Pilgrims to finish seventh in League Two but they fell at the first hurdle in the play-offs, against Wycombe. Although he had one year remaining on his contract, he wanted to return to the north of England for family reasons.
Sheridan, who previously managed Oldham and Chesterfield after a playing career that saw him win 34 caps, moved to Plymouth in Jan 2013.
"Reaching the play-offs, two years after surviving the drop into non-league on the final day of the 2012-13 campaign, is an achievement of which John, should rightly be proud," said owner/chairman James Brent.
"While we would have liked John to continue to plot Argyle's course back up the Football League, we understand his reasons for wanting to leave and have agreed a mutual termination of his contract."
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