From the Back Pages, June 26: Nathaniel Clyne poised for Liverpool move as Southampton accept new bid

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Nathaniel Clyne is set to become Liverpool’s sixth summer signing after Southampton accepted an improved offer from the Merseyside club for the England full back. (The Times)

Nothing, not even England’s acquisition of an Australian coach in Trevor Bayliss, can stop Australia keeping the Ashes. This is the widespread assumption and nothing happened on the opening day of the Australians’ tour at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, to contradict it.The Australians piled up 348 for three, with every one of their top four batsmen passing fifty, after being invited to bat by Kent so the game would last four days. Far from rusty after getting off the ship at Tilbury or plane from Australia, these tourists are already in the groove after pulverising West Indies in two Tests, so their couple of warm-up matches are little more than finishing touches before the Ashes series on July 8. (The Telegraph)

Tottenham midfielder Paulinho is close to joining Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for a £15million fee. (Daily Mail)

GARY LINEKER has ripped into England’s “amateurish approach” to the U21 European Championships as the Football Association insisted the country can still win the 2022 World Cup. (The Express)

Key parts of Alberto Salazar’s impassioned defence against claims that he bent anti-doping laws are under strain after several witnesses disputed his version of events in his 11,750-word response to the BBC Panorama’s documentary. (The Guardian)

Sevilla have declared that they have NOT received any bid from Liverpool or anyone else for Carlos Bacca. (The Mirror)

Real Madrid have rejected Manchester United’s opening £32m bid for Sergio Ramos, leaving the defender anxious to get his possible move to Old Trafford resolved within two weeks, to prevent him being dragged into the Spanish club’s long haul pre-season tour with his future still unclear. (The Independent)

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