By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Liverpool are poised to make a second bid for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, Football Insider sources understand.
The Merseysiders had a £10million offer rejected for the defender last week after identifying him as a priority target this summer.
Liverpool will return with an improved bid, likely to be around the £12m mark, as they attempt to persuade Southampton to sell the England international.
Clyne is out of contract in a year’s time and is yet to accept the Saints’ offer of an extended deal.
The 24-year-old is understood to be attracted at the prospect of playing for Liverpool, who need a permanent right-back to fill the void after Glen Johnson left Anfield on a free transfer.
Javier Manquillo failed to impress during the first season of a two-year loan from Atletico Madrid, while Emre Can was tested out in the position towards the end of the campaign but did not look suited to the role.
Clyne had a fine season for Southampton and was awarded with his first England caps as he was installed as Roy Hodgson’s first choice at right-back ahead of Johnson and Kyle Walker.