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Liverpool's shopping spree to continue as they're on brink of Nathaniel Clyne capture

The 24-year-old had been eager to join Manchester United but it is their bitter rivals who have won the race to sign the England international.

LIVERPOOL ARE SET to make Nathaniel Clyne their sixth summer signing after agreeing a £12.5 million fee with Southampton, Goal can confirm.

Clyne’s future at St Mary’s Stadium was the subject of intense speculation throughout last season and Goal revealed in April that he had told Manchester United he would be eager to move to Old Trafford this summer.

But it is United’s bitter rivals Liverpool who have won the race for Clyne – who has one year remaining on his Southampton contract – with a deal starting at £10.5m, just days after confirming the £28m capture of Hoffenheim star Roberto Firmino.

Clyne will become Brendan Rodgers’ sixth acquisition of a busy start to the summer transfer window, joining Firmino, James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and youngster Joe Gomez at Anfield.

Earlier this month Southampton signed Portugal international right-back Cedric as a replacement for the outgoing Clyne, while Glen Johnson is set to leave Liverpool on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of June.

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