Clyne set to leave Liverpool for Premier League strugglers in January

Cardiff City are preparing a loan move for out-of-favour Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne, according to reports from WalesOnline .

The emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold has relegated Clyne to a minor role at Anfield, and he has yet to play a single minute of league football so far this season, with his only appearance coming in the Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea.

That followed on from just five appearances last season, with only two of those being starts.

Meanwhile, the Bluebirds have struggled to fill the right-back slot during their tough start to life back in the Premier League.

With injuries to Lee Peltier and Jazz Richards plus Callum Paterson filling in up front, central defender Bruno Manga has been used in the unfamiliar right-back position.

Clyne would be a major capture for the Welsh outfit as they aim to utilise the loan market to bolster their survival bid.

The 14-cap England international moved to Anfield for £12 million in the summer of 2015 and initially impressed with his consistency, missing just six league games in his first two seasons.

Yet a back injury which ultimately required surgery in July 2017 handed a chance to Alexander-Arnold, which has left Clyne fighting for his place ever since.

Cardiff are understood to be expecting competition for his signature, and they would most likely require a structured deal to cover his wages, similar to the deal they did with Liverpool for Marko Grujic last season.

The Serbian joined the Bluebirds on loan in January and played a major role in their successful promotion campaign, featuring 14 times for Neil Warnock’s side.

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