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.
Liverpool are reportedly targeting their third transfer of the January market as they consider a move for young midfielder Pedro Brazao.
The 17-year-old OGC Nice player is being touted as a future star and made his debut for the French side last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have already made two signings in this window after bringing in Japan international Takumi Minamino from Salzburg and forward Joe Hardy from Brentford.
And now Liverpool are thought to be weighing up the third signing with young Brazao in their thoughts, according to a report by RMC Sport.
Liverpool will not be unrivalled in their interest, however, as the Portuguese Under-19 international is also being looked at by some of the European clubs.
Brazao is understood to be interesting PSG, who could offer him a way to stay in France at his young age as well as playing for the best club in the country.
Bayern Munich are also said to be an interested party, while Sporting CP in his native Portugal are reportedly prepared to bring him back home.
He offers versatility as he can play on either wing or behind the striker. His maturity has seen him called up to Patrick Vieira’s senior team after breaking through the Academy, and he made his debut at the end of the last season.
It appears he still needs to develop as this campaign he has played just once off the bench, but the Reds would be able to offer him a place in their youth roster alongside a number of rising stars.
Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly braced to lock horns over a £60 million deal to sign striker Timo Werner.
The RB Leipzig hotshot has been extremely impressive with 18 goals in 17 league matches this season.
The Blues were front-runners to negotiate a deal with boss Frank Lampard willing to spend big on a new striker.
They were already encouraged following Timo’s comments that the PL “is the most interesting in the world.”
The Blues are ready to let Olivier Giroud depart and bring in enough quality to provide serious competition to Tammy Abraham in the attack.
But their pursuit of Timo has taken a major blow with reports that Klopp’s side are also keeping close tabs.
The Mirror claim that the PL leaders are long-term admirers of the 23-year-old star although any transfer would come in the summer.
RB Leipzig will be desperate to retain the services of him until at least the summer as they plan to rival Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title.
Die Roten Bullen currently sit top of the pile, four points above die Roten.
Timo showed exactly why the Prem’s elite clubs are ready to make their move after scoring an absolute rocket in last week’s win over Union Berlin.
He netted twice but the pick of the bunch came when Germany international fired a half-volley into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have reportedly pinpointed Ligue 1 side OGC Nice ace Pedro Brazao as a possible January signing.