Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has accused Liverpool of “lacking class” and branded them “a disgrace” after his side missed out a loan deal for full-back Nathaniel Clyne.
Warnock has seen Clyne as a long-term target for the Premier League strugglers and was the manager who gave the right-back his professional debut.
Bournemouth, however, won the race for Clyne’s signature, on a loan deal until the end of the season, and following Cardiff’s shock FA Cup defeat to Gillingham, Warnock expressed his frustrations over the deal.
“I was disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne,” said the Cardiff manager
“Having known the player and given him his debut, I’m disappointed not just with the boy himself but with Liverpool as well for not ringing me.
“To see it on television when I’ve done everything right and they’ve promised that he’s my player this week, it’s a disgrace for me, it’s a lack of class isn’t it?
“But listen, we’re not going to get any favours, whether it’s on the pitch or off it and we’re always up against it and that’s when we’re good.
“I probably should have been illegally tapping him, but I’ve done everything right and then Bournemouth come in and I suppose Bournemouth paying £19million for [Dominic] Solanke probably whetted their appetite a little bit.”
Warnock also said the situation had knocked his transfer plans.
“The reason I’m disappointed with Nathaniel and Liverpool is that I’ve missed out on three players because of that by waiting.
“I lost out on a couple of full-backs and a striker, so I’m doubly disappointed.”
Clyne would have no doubt been an excellent addition to the Cardiff City backline but Warnock must now turn his attention elsewhere as he looks to strengthen his side in the transfer window.