Southampton swoop for Clyne
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Premier League new-boys Southampton signed England U-21 defender Nathaniel Clyne from Crystal Palace on Thursday.

Clyne agreed a four-year contract but the fee Southampton will pay for the right-back is still being discussed.

The 21-year-old was out of contract at Palace, which would normally mean he was available on a free transfer, but because Clyne is under 24 the Championship team are due compensation.

If the clubs cannot settle on a figure then an independent tribunal will be used to decide how much Southampton, back in the English top-flight for the first time since 2005, will have to pay.

He got into the Championship team of the year last year. All being well, we can push him onto the next level now.
Nigel Adkins, Southampton manager.

"I'm overwhelmed, really," Clyne told Southampton's website. "As soon as I heard that Southampton were in for me, I knew that this was the place where I could try to improve my football and get a chance to play in the Premier League."

Clyne has already joined up with his new club at their French training camp in Evian-les-Bains.

Saints manager Nigel Adkins added: "We're delighted that we can finally announce that we've brought Nathaniel Clyne into the group to help us kick onto the next level.

"For the last three years Nathaniel has been a very attack-minded full-back who bombs on, he's got pace and he's a good one-on-one defender.

"He got into the Championship team of the year last year. All being well, we can push him onto the next level now."