According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, defender Nathaniel Clyne could be set for a move away in the January transfer window. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and has done so since leaving Southampton back in 2014, although struggles for regular game time under Jurgen Klopp in the last 12 months or so has plunged his future on Merseyside into doubt.
And reports suggest that Premier League pair Bournemouth and Cardiff City are eyeing up a move for the defender this month, as should Everton manager Marco Silva in a bid to give fellow right back Seamus Coleman something to think about down the right-hand-side.
Ultimately, 30-year-old Coleman has been an outstanding servant to Everton ever since his move from Sligo Rovers back in 2009, with the Republic of Ireland international going on to appear 275 times for the Toffees, netting 25 goals and laying on 25 assists in the process.
And during his stint at Goodison Park, there have been occasions whereby the defender has been one of the more accomplished right backs in the Premier League, although he seems some way away from those heights at present having embarked on a relatively mixed season under Silva so far.
In fact, the 30-year-old was benched by the Portuguese chief in their 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester City on New Year’s Day to suggest that he himself maybe isn’t overly thrilled with Coleman’s efforts, allowing Jonjoe Kenny an opportunity to stake a claim for a first team spot.
And while the young Englishman performed solidly on Tuesday, one senses that he is not yet ready to regularly deputise at a high enough level for Everton – that’s why a controversial move for Clyne makes complete sense this month.
The England international himself may have struggled for regular football at Liverpool this season, but one mustn’t forget the consistently high-level performances he produced for the Reds upon arrival from Southampton back in 2014 – he was one of the first names on the teamsheet.
And the 27-year-old again underlined his defensive prowess in returning to the side for his first Premier League start of the season against Manchester United last month, and producing an excellent display down the right-hand-side to keep the supremely talented Marcus Rashford quiet during the 90 minutes – despite injury, there is clearly a very adept defender still in Clyne.
And that should be of keen interest to Everton boss Silva as he eyes the reinforcements needed to get his side out of a rut, what with the Toffees having won just one of their last eight Premier League matches, slipping to 11th place in the process.
And with Coleman somewhat struggling to produce his best form, alongside question marks over Kenny’s suitability as the long-term replacement, a move for Clyne, albeit controversial given how few have transferred between Liverpool and Everton in recent years, makes a great deal of sense this month.
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