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West Ham’s interest in Clyne raises possibility of Zabaleta leaving in the summer

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West Ham’s interest in Clyne raises possibility of Zabaleta leaving in the summer

West Ham are ready to join the race for the England international right-back Nathaniel Clyne – so are they planning for the future?

West Ham are interested in signing Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne during the summer transfer window, according to Goal.

Clyne joined Liverpool in July 2015 for a fee the BBC reported at the time was £12.5m but has slipped behind Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.

That led to him joining Bournemouth on loan during January, and Goal report that the Cherries are also ready to battle the Hammers for the England international’s signature.

The report says that Klopp is willing to let Clyne leave at the end of the season, and the Hammers may hope that the fact the defender was born in London can tip the balance in their favour.

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In terms of West Ham’s right-back situation, Sam Byram has not developed as expected while Ryan Fredericks has taken his time to adjust to Premier League football.

 

That means that Pablo Zabaleta has played for much of the season and he recently told the Newham Recorder that means he is nearly eligible for talks over a one-year extension to his current deal, that Spotrac claim is worth £75,000 per week.

And West Ham’s willingness to battle for Clyne may indicate that Manuel Pellegrini is planning for life without the Argentine, either because he is planning to retire or because the club do not want to take up the option to extend his deal.

Clyne signing on a deal with an eight-figure sum would mean that the Hammers have signed right-backs in the last two summer windows, which would surely indicate that Zabaleta’s time at the club is over.

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