REPORT: Nathaniel Clyne Set to Sign for Crystal Palace on Free Transfer

Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne is close to signing for Crystal Palace on a free transfer, according to The Athletic.

Nathaniel Clyne Is Ready to Rejoin Crystal Palace on a Free Transfer

Clyne, 29, is flying back to the eyrie to join the Eagles for a second time. Clyne began his career with Crystal Palace and will be raring to go especially after recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury. The right fullback played 137 games for Crystal Palace before moving onto Southampton in 2012.

Nathaniel Clyne Has Already Been Training With Crystal Palace for a Month

The deal is reportedly only a three-month contract which will suit both parties. The short-term deal is likely to provide cover for the first choice right-back Joel Ward and it gives Clyne a chance to prove himself fit and ready. Clyne also brings a different dimension to the game. His short passing ability and eagerness to get up the pitch is something that will work well with Palace’s current forwards.

Clyne’s future now all depends on if his injury woes are behind him. His time at Liverpool was plagued with injuries that eventually led to him being replaced. A back problem that kept him out of the 2017/2018 season seems to have come and gone but his knee injury is much more concerning. Clyne found himself way down the pecking order at Liverpool, featuring just 77 times in five years. The emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold did nothing to help this but his injuries were the crux of the matter.

This deal gives him an opportunity to revive his career at a club he knows so well. At only 29 he is a solid option for the Premier League side if he can keep fit.

Roy Hodgson Is Impressed and Will Offer a Deal Until the End of January

Roy Hodgson, who recently hit 40-years in management, will be monitoring Clyne’s fitness until January 31st. It could well be a fairytale ending for Nathaniel Clyne If he stays fit until the end of January. Palace will re-assess and potentially offer a long-term contract that could see Clyne end his career at Selhurst Park.

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