AFC Bournemouth have completed a double swoop on Liverpool, with one permanent signing and one on loan for the remainder of the season.
It was the latter that had been expected, but that was preceded by the somewhat surprise signing that came earlier in the day.
But whilst the reported £17.5million signing of Dominic Solanke is clearly exciting.
The clever bit of business might well be the loan signing of 27-year-old England international Nathaniel Clyne on loan until the end of the season.
With the injuries to Adam Smith and Simon Francis, AFC Bournemouth have been without a recognised right back in recent weeks.
This has forced AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe into an uncomfortable switch in formation, or selecting a player to play in the position who isn’t used to the role, most recently Junior Stanislas against Watford.
The signing of Clyne will enable the Cherries to revert back to a more balanced back four, without the need to consider rushing Adam Smith back from his knee injury too soon.
Despite being one of the top right backs in the top flight of English football in recent seasons he has more recently dropped behinf Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez in the pecking order at Liverpool.
Clyne is eligible for Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Clyne told afcb.co.uk…
“I’m really excited by this opportunity. It’s great chance for me to come and play football.
“I’ve spoken to the manager and we’ve talked about what we can achieve for the remainder of the season. It’s a great club with a great story. I can’t wait to get going.”
Also speaking to the club website, Eddie Howe added…
“Nathaniel is vastly experienced and has the benefit of being able to play in a couple of positions for us.
“With Simon Francis’ injury we felt it was important to bring someone in capable of filling that void, and it’s great to have Nathaniel on board.
Exactly what I was hoping for !
A Premier League ready loan player to cover our defensive shortage until the end of the season, who knows, perhaps with an option to buy if both parties agree to it further down the road ? A really, really good result to get somebody in who can make a difference for us almost immediately.
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