Crystal Palace have been linked with a swoop for Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne this summer.
Palace are said to have held talks with Liverpool over a potential deal for the defender as Roy Hodgson looks to add to his squad ahead of next season.
Hodgson is in the market for a right-back after losing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined Manchester United in a £50m deal earlier this month.
Wan-Bissaka was superb at Palace last season and was named as the club’s Player of the Year, with the club now in need of replacing him for the 2019/20 campaign.
Clyne started his career at Palace and joined the club’s academy at the age of eight, before eventually leaving to join Southampton after over 100 first-team appearances for Palace.
The England international now looks set to leave Liverpool and Palace appears to be a realistic destination. But, should they sign him? Here are four reasons why they should…
At 28-years-old, Clyne should be reaching his prime. The defender should be enjoying his best years and Roy Hodgson could look to get the best out of the Englishman.
Connection with the club
Clyne joined the club at the age of 18 and spent 13 years at Selhurst Park, playing over 100 league games for the club in the Championship. He has a strong connection with the club and would be able to easily fit in off the pitch.
Premier League experience
Although he did not play in the top-flight with Palace, Clyne has amassed over 150 Premier League appearances with Southampton and Liverpool in his career. He knows what it takes to perform at this level, which would make it less of a risk than other potential signings.
Reports have claimed that Clyne is available for a fee in the region of £15m this summer. Considering the figures thrown about for English players in this day and age, £15m represents a very good value for Clyne – who has proven him in the Premier League over a number of years.