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Rumour Mongering: Nathaniel Clyne Tops West Ham’s January Wish List

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Clyne is reportedly set to return to full fitness this month and West Ham are rumoured to want to bring him in.

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West Ham want to sign a right back before the month is out, and they want a Liverpool player—or maybe a player who used to play for Liverpool. Regardless who they do bring in, though, it’s a position of need and new manager David Moyes’ top priority.

That’s the word today according to a smattering of tabloid reports from the likes of The Express, who claim Nathaniel Clyne—whose recovery from a pre-season injury is going better than expected—tops the list of right back targets for West Ham.

Interestingly, it’s Javi Manquillo, who spent time at Anfield on loan and is now a sometimes starter for Newcastle United, who’s said to the main alternate should a deal for Clyne not get done—or if his short-term fitness and availability isn’t assured.

It’s Clyne, though, who is of most interest, with reports over the past month claiming he’s on track to return to action some time this month after an ACL tear last summer derailed a proposed permanent move to Crystal Palace for the 28-year-old Englishman.

If he does leave, he’s unlikely to fetch much of a fee given how little he’s played in recent seasons and that he’s down to the final six months of his Liverpool contract, but all signs do seem to point to Liverpool being a willing seller—if he’s fit to depart.