SAINTS are set to announce they have completed the signing of Nathaniel Clyne.
The 21-year-old right back emerged as one of Nigel Adkins ’ top summer targets, and the player is understood to have agreed to a four-year deal to come to
Clyne revealed on his Twitter page this evening that he was on his way to Geneva to join up with the squad on their pre-season tour, while changing
his biography to confirm he is a Southampton player.
The only stumbling block had been over a fee, with Crystal Palace valuing the player at £4m.
However, a deal has been agreed which is believed to be worth just over half that with a sell-on clause included.
Clyne was out of contract and if Palace had dug their heels in then the player could still have joined Saints with a tribunal setting a fee at a later date.
It is understood that both Palace and Saints were always keen to try and ensure a clean deal was struck to save it dragging on.
Thoughts of Saints adding a second Palace player, pacy winger Wilfried Zaha, are on the back burner for the time being – though not totally ruled out – with Palace determined to try and hold onto
their man in the face of losing Clyne.
Palace were resigned to losing Clyne this summer and his signing is a coup for Saints with Manchester United, Newcastle, Reading, Fulham and West Ham also having been reportedly interested.
Stockwell born Clyne has won caps at England under-19 and under-21 level and has already made 137 appearances for Palace, scoring one goal.
He was named in last season’s PFA Championship team of the year.