Nathaniel Clyne undergoes medical ahead of joining Liverpool

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne yesterday underwent a medical on Merseyside ahead of his £12.5m (€17.4m) move to Liverpool.

Nathaniel Clyne undergoes medical ahead of joining Liverpool

The 24-year-old England right-back has returned from holiday and was in Liverpool to complete the final stages of his transfer.

If everything goes to plan, then Clyne is likely to be announced as the club’s sixth summer signing tomorrow, when the transfer window officially opens.

Arrangements are still being made to complete the deal for Brazil international Roberto Firmino, as his participation in the Copa America ended with exit to Paraguay on Saturday.

However, come tomorrow, the club will confirm the arrivals of Manchester City midfielder James Milner, Burnley striker Danny Ings, Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and, most likely, that of Clyne.

Charlton defender Joe Gomez has already signed a five-year deal, the Reds having snapped up the England U19 international for £3.5m (€4.9m), but spending this summer is down on 12 months ago, when manager Brendan Rodgers splashed out £110m (€154m) on eight players to counter-balance the £75m (€105m) departure of Luis Suarez.

This time around, Rodgers has been slightly more frugal with £22m (€30.7m) spent on Firmino, which could rise to £29m (€40.5m) with add-ons, and £3.5m (€4.9m) on Gomez, with a compensation fee for Ings yet to be determined, but likely to be upwards of £5m (€7m).

The Reds boss is still in the market for a striker to complete the majority of his summer business and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke remains the priority.

While the Belgium international’s release clause of £32.5m (€45.5m) is seen as too pricey, Liverpool retain a degree of optimism a deal can be struck for a fee slightly more manageable.

Meanwhile, England defender Phil Jones has signed a new deal with Manchester United, the Premier League club have announced.

Jones, who joined the club from Blackburn in 2011, will now stay at Old Trafford until at least June 2019.

Manchester United announced the new deal on their official Twitter page, saying: “We’re pleased to announce @PhilJones4 has signed a new contract, keeping him at #mufc until at least June 2019.”

Jones, 23, said: “I am delighted to have signed a new deal. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far and am looking forward to continuing my development as a player. This a great club to be part of and I cannot wait to start the new campaign..”

Red Devils’ manager Louis van Gaal has been impressed with Jones’s professionalism since he took the reins at the club in May last year.

“We are delighted that Phil has signed a new contract,” Van Gaal said. “He is a talented footballer with great versatility and can play in a number of positions.

“Phil is a relatively young defender, who is developing all the time. He missed some of last season due to injury, but I was impressed by his professionalism and attitude during those periods.”

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell has signed a new five-year contract with the club.

He said: “It’s exciting times going into one of the best stadiums in Europe, even in the world. It’s going to be a good summer, hopefully a few more faces will come in and we’ll have a good year.”

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