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Liverpool signs England defender Clyne from Southampton

July 1, 2015

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — England defender Nathaniel Clyne became the fourth player to join Liverpool from Southampton in the past year after signing for a reported fee of 12.5 million pounds ($19.7 million) on Wednesday.

Liverpool said Clyne moved on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, making the attacking right back the club’s sixth arrival of the offseason.

Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, and Rickie Lambert left Southampton for Liverpool last summer for a combined cost of nearly 50 million pounds (now $79 million).

Clyne will replace Glen Johnson, who has been released by Liverpool this offseason.

The 24-year-old Clyne has established himself as England’s first-choice right back this year.

“As soon as Liverpool showed their interest in me I was happy, and just wanted the deal to go through,” Clyne said. “It’s definitely a good opportunity to come here and try to fulfil my potential.”

Liverpool has also signed Roberto Firmino, James Milner, and Danny Ings this offseason, as well as back-up goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, and young defender Joe Gomez following a disappointing season.

The Reds finished sixth in the English Premier League and failed to get out of their group in the Champions League. They have also lost long-serving captain Steven Gerrard, who has moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

“There is room for improvement and you can see with the signings that have been made, we’re pushing for it,” Clyne said. “If we get a good preseason out of the way and start the season brightly, it’ll be looking good.”

Clyne had one year left on his contract at Southampton.

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