Liverpool FC have confirmed the signing of England international defender Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton for a a fee believed to be in the region of £12.5 million.
Clyne, 24, has penned a long-term deal at Anfield, becoming the Reds’ sixth summer recruit following the arrivals of Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings, James Milner, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino.
“I’m delighted and it’s a dream move for me to come here and play for such a big club with all of its history. I can’t wait to get started,” Clyne told the club’s official website.
“As soon as Liverpool showed their interest in me, I was happy and just wanted the deal to go through.
“The gaffer has shown a lot of interest in me and this is a place where I can improve as a player, I think. It’s definitely a good opportunity to come here and try to fulfil my potential.
“I’ve played at Anfield before and know what the atmosphere is all about. It’s a great atmosphere and will make me rise to the challenge. I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully it can push me on to putting on good performances.”
Clyne scored two goals in 35 Premier League appearances for Southampton last season.
Makienok loaned to Charlton
Charlton have completed the signing of striker Simon Makienok from Italian Serie A side Palermo on a season-long loan deal.
The Denmark international, who joined Palermo from Brøndby IF for a reported €2.3 million last summer, becomes the Addicks’ second signing of the week following the addition of French midfielder El Hadji Ba from Sunderland.
After making just four substitute appearances in the Serie A for the Rosanero last season, Makienok will take his talents to south east London in search of regular first-team football.
“We now have a player who finally fills that number nine position we have been searching for,” said Charlton manager Guy Luzon.
“He will make us stronger in attack and his height will give us a very different threat which defenders will find difficult to play against, but he is very good with his feet, also.
“I’m very pleased to welcome him to Charlton and to continue building my team for the Championship.”
Makienok will face competition from the likes of Igor Vetokele, Reza Ghoochannejhad and Tony Watt for starting place at The Valley next season.
Charlton are priced at 25/1 to win promotion to the English Premier League next term.