Date: 12th October 2020 at 7:05pm
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Speaking on a recent episode of the HLTCO podcast, Dan Cook discussed the competition Crystal Palace could face for the signing of Nathaniel Clyne.

After moving to Liverpool from Southampton in what was a £15.93 million deal back in 2015, Clyne went on to feature 103 times for the club, chipping in with two goals and providing five assists along the way.

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However, after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s emergence in the 2016/17 season and having to contend with injury problems, Clyne found his playing time become less regular at Liverpool, and was eventually loaned out to Bournemouth for the second half of the 2018/19 season.

Following this spell with the Cherries, the £7.2 million-rated 29-year-old then ruptured his cruciate ligament the following summer, resulting in the player not featuring for Liverpool at all in the 2019/20 season, before his contract expired with the Merseyside club, leaving him as a free agent from July 1.

However, in recent weeks, the England international has been training with the club where he began his professional footballing career, with Roy Hodgson claiming that Crystal Palace may be willing to offer the right-back a contract.

Although, it would appear that the south London side may have to fend off competition in order to land Clyne, with recent reports suggesting that Ligue 1 side Bordeaux are also interested in the defender.

This is something that Cook discussed on a recent episode of the HLTCO podcast, with the podcaster stating his belief that Clyne’s previous ties with Palace could help swing the player’s decision.

He said: “Nathaniel is someone that knows the football club well already, he’s someone that came through the academy and was a fans’ favourite in SE25. Given the history he has with the football club, many, many fans were over the moon at the prospect of him coming back into the fold with Roy Hodgson’s first-team squad as competition for Joel Ward in the immediate future.

“But it seems as though we have competition for his signature in the shape of French club Bordeaux, who are seemingly in the market for free agents after a relatively quiet summer window. I’m not really sure at this point whether or not it’s Bordeaux and the French press making waves without much interest from Nathaniel’s point of view, but given the fact that he’s desperate to get back into first-team football, I dare say he and his representatives are happy to see his name linked with the French outfit.

“I think, if he has been training with Palace and he’s got London roots and probably has family still living here, I would imagine it’s probably his first choice to remain in the Premier League at a club he knows and loves.”

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From Cook’s comments, it is clear that the podcaster is of the belief that Clyne’s previous ties to Palace could well be a crucial factor in influencing the 29-year-old as to who he would like to join.

However, as yet, Clyne is still yet to sign a deal with Palace, and until that happens, there remains the chance that the club could have the right-back snatched away from their apparent grasp.