Former England striker Darren Bent has suggested that West Ham United could be an ideal destination for right-back Nathaniel Clyne if he leaves Liverpool this month.
The 28-year-old has been out of action all season with a cruciate knee injury, but according to Sky Sports, he is close to a return and could well leave Anfield in search of first-team football, having of course fallen well behind Trent Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order.
David Moyes is thought to be in the market for a new right-back with Ryan Fredericks having been ruled out of action for a while with injury recently (whufc.com) and the Guardian have reported that Clyne and Newcastle’s Javier Manquillo were potential options.
Should they go for Clyne, Bent believes that it would be a good fit and that the former Southampton man would be an improvement on what they already have. Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs striker said: “I think Nathaniel Clyne needs to go somewhere and start playing week in week out.
“I think that could be West Ham, Zabaleta…his legs are going a little bit and 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.”
It is hard to disagree with Bent on this one, on paper Clyne going to West Ham appears to be a good move for all parties concerned. As already mentioned he is behind Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order at Liverpool and with his contract set to expire in the summer, his time at Anfield looks to be up.
West Ham are now down a right-back due to Fredericks’ injury, leaving them with Pablo Zabaleta as their only option in that position. Whilst the Argentine has been an exceptional player in his career, he is now 35-year-old and on the decline.
They certainly need another player to compete with the ex-Manchester City man and in this window there looks to be no better option than Clyne. He won’t cost too much given his contract situation and he is an experienced Premier League campaigner, with 185 appearances under his belt (Transfermarkt).
The only risk is whether he will recover well from his injury, but at just 28-years-old if he does come back strong then he still has several years left in him yet.
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