It feels like a lifetime ago that Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne was last seen in a Palace shirt but according to Sky Sports, the Eagles are poised to rival Bournemouth and West Ham for his signature this summer.
The right-back has spent a decent chunk of the 2018-19 season out on loan with Eddie Howe’s Cherries having fallen below Trent Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order at Anfield but with Aaron Wan-Bissaka currently on the books and flying at Selhurst Park, you wouldn’t be alone in wondering how serious Palace are about negotiating a reunion with academy graduate Clyne.
In Joel Ward, Roy Hodgson has a solid and versatile (if not spectacular) deputy for the outrageously talented Wan-Bissaka and despite Clyne’s fall from grace under Jurgen Klopp, you’d expect the Reds to still demand a relatively decent sum to wave him goodbye this summer.
It could of course be a case of Sky Sports making an easy link to one of Nathaniel’s former club’s to bump up the story’s visibility at the start of the transfer window but at this stage, it’s difficult to judge whether or not they’re going all out with tall tales or actually basing their reports on research and actual insider knowledge.
Whilst there is a certain degree of nostalgia attached to a potential move for Nate, I’m not sure it’s a move I’d be overly happy about us making. From a simplistic perspective, it feels like the sort of deal we’d only be looking to make if we were genuinely fearful of losing Wan-Bissaka this summer which according to recent stories regarding our valuation of him, doesn’t seem to be the case.
There are undoubtedly areas of the squad which are in real need of strengthening over the course of the summer transfer window but I’m pretty confident in saying that at the time of writing, right-back is up there with the positions least in need of any TLC.
Should the goalposts move, I’ll do my best to let you know as quickly as possible.