It’s getting near the January window so there will be reports of Newcastle interested in various players, and most of the reports will be inaccurate.
Nathanial Clyne – England U21 International right back
Bear that in mind, as we hear stories of Newcastle after some players, that some stories are obviously in error, like Newcastle want Liverpool’s Joe Cole, but some are harder to work out.
That’s the case with a report today that suggests the Magpies are after highly-rated 20-year-old Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne, whom Newcastle were first linked with last summer, so perhaps this does have some truth in it.
Clyne is out of contract with Palace in the summer, and is not likely to sign a new deal, so he wouldn’t cost much – which is right in line with Mike Ashley’s financial strategy at the Tyneside club.
The Stockwell, London born player made his debut for Crystal Palace in a league fixture in October of 2008 against Barnsley, and he also signed a three year contract at that time.
The 5’9″ tall youngster has so far played 115 times with one goal for Crystal Palace, and although we haven’t seen him play, he is highly rated with his mature performances.
And last season, Clyne became Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year, and he already has two caps at the England U21 level, so he’s seems to be a good player.
The news is that Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been linked with a January move for the youngster, although Clyne wants to see out his contract at Palace, and is keen to secure first team football.
Maybe a move to Newcastle would’t be on, because it will be hard for the lad to break straight into Newcastle’s first team, but of course it will be completely up to him, because manager Alan Pardew gives youngsters their chance at the club.
While Clyne will become a free agent in the summer, his club are due some compensation due to his age, and it could be that Palace try to secure a deal for him in the January window.
In addition to Newcastle, Everton, Fulham, Wolves and Blackburn have are interested, and those are less successful and smaller clubs than Newcastle, so Newcastle could be successful, if there is a genuine interest in Nathan.
We really don’t know if this story is true or not, but Clyne is just the type of young player Newcastle are after these days.
What do you think?