Former England international Darren Bent says Nathaniel Clyne will end up signing for West Ham on loan in the January transfer market.
The 28-year-old star “could” be fit enough to complete a transfer away from Liverpool this month, the Daily Mail report, as he continues his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered last summer.
And speaking to Football Insider, Darren believes Clyne will join West Ham on loan as the star is a better all round option than the club’s current defensive options.
“I think Nathaniel Clyne needs to go somewhere and start playing week in week out. I think that could be West Ham, [Pablo] Zabaleta…his legs are going a little bit and [Ryan] Fredericks is quick but defensively he is not there.”
“But Clyne is both, he’s quick, powerful and can defend. I think he might end up going to West Ham on loan, playing all the time and them not signing him anyway.”
A loan switch for Clyne would be an excellent piece of business for both the Hammers and Reds.
The right-back is extremely unlikely to force his way back into the side considering how Trent Alexander-Arnold is clearly Jurgen Klopp’s first choice, while his compatriot Joe Gomez offers strong cover.
Also, Neco Williams impressed in the win against Everton in the FA Cup earlier this month, and Jurgen is likely to give him more of a chance in the side than Clyne.
Therefore the 28-year-old needs a transfer away, as it’d allow him to build his confidence and his match fitness, and also put himself in the transfer window in order to pursue a permanent move in the summer.