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Friday, July 27, 2012
Southampton wrap up Clyne move

ESPN staff

Southampton have completed the signing of Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne, paying compensation believed to be around 2.5 million to the Championship club.

Full-back Clyne, who came through the ranks at Selhurst Park and made 193 appearances, agreed a four-year deal with the newly-promoted Saints last week. The clubs have now agreed a compensation fee for the 21-year-old.

The England Under-21 international played for Southampton in last weekend's 1-0 friendly win against Evian, and Saints boss Nigel Adkins said: "Nathaniel has done very well.

"He only had one training session before he joined us, so we're upping the game with him in a way that will make sure he doesn't break down."

Under FIFA rules, Southampton were obliged to pay a compensation fee because of Clyne's age.

"We are very pleased to have worked constructively with Southampton to conclude the deal before it went to a tribunal,'' the Palace co-chairman Steve Parish said.




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