CHERRIES have raided Liverpool for the second time today – signing Nathaniel Clyne on loan for the rest of the season.

The Dorset club, who had already splashed out around £17.5million on young striker Dominic Solanke, saw off competition from Cardiff City for Clyne’s signature.

The 27-year-old will ease boss Eddie Howe’s concerns at right-back with Adam Smith and Simon Francis suffering from long-term knee injuries.

Clyne is in contention to feature in Cherries’ FA Cup third-round clash with Brighton at Vitality Stadium tomorrow (12.30pm).

He told afcbTV: “I’m really excited by this opportunity. It’s a great chance for me to play football.

“I’ve spoken to the manager and we’ve talked about what we can achieve this season. It’s a great club with a great story. I can’t wait to get going.”

Howe said: “Nathaniel is vastly experienced and has the benefit of being able to play in a couple of positions.

“With Simon Francis’s injury we felt it was important to bring in someone capable of filling that void and it’s great to have Nathaniel on board.

“Naturally, he wants to play football and is very keen to bring his attributes to the team. We’re excited about what he can deliver.”

Clyne began his career at Crystal Palace before moving to Southampton in 2012, where he enjoyed three impressive seasons.

He joined Liverpool in 2015 and was a regular in the starting line-up in his first two campaigns at Anfield.

But Clyne was overtaken in the pecking order while out injured by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

And, with the likes of Joe Gomez, James Milner and Fabinho able to cover, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was content to let him leave.

Cherries have reportedly agreed to pay Liverpool a loan fee and to cover Clyne's wages.

Chief executive Neill Blake said: “When a player of Nathaniel’s quality and experience became available we had to act quickly and I’m delighted he will be with us until the end of the season.

“With Adam Smith and Simon Francis suffering injuries, it was imperative to strengthen the right-back area and Nathaniel is a great fit for our squad in terms of his character and style of play.

“I am looking forward to seeing him pull on an AFC Bournemouth shirt and am confident he can help us build on a record-breaking first half of the season.”

Meanwhile, Cherries forward Mikael Ndjoli has extended his loan spell with Scottish Premiership outfit Kilmarnock until the end of the season.

Ndjoli has scored four goals in 21 appearances for Steve Clarke’s side.