There’s some potentially good news in the Daily Mirror today, that Newcastle are going after Crystal Palace’s top young right back – Nathaniel Clyne.
Nathaniel Clyne – Newcastle in for the 21 year-old
Newcastle have been linked with this player all season, but it seems that some other top clubs were after the lad, and it would be difficult to get him on Tyneside.
Palace are said to be wanting £5M for the player who is out of contract in June, but because he’s under 24 – he turned 21 in April, Newcastle need to pay Palace some compensation.
If the clubs cannot agree on the compensation then his valuation will go to a tribunal, but the news is Alan Pardew wants to tie up the deal and take the boy’s valuation to an independent tribunal.
So there seems to be some fog on the Clyne with Nathaniel’s valuation at the moment.
The good thing for Nathaniel is that this lad is good enough to go straight into Newcastle’s first team next season, he’s already that good, and he’s looked a very good player for Crystal Palace throughout last season.
Since he’s only played twice for the England U21 side, it may be hard for Palace to get £5M for him – but maybe £2M or £3M would be an excellent buy for Newcastle.
Newcastle are interested in a right back because Danny Simpson could be sold this summer, and Mathieu Debuchy of Lille was thought to be a top priority – and he would cost around £6M from the French Champions.
But Clyne looks to be a star of the future, and he would be an exciting buy for Newcastle and fit right into the type of players Newcastle are always on the look-out for.
Clyne made his debut for Crystal Palace in a league fixture in October of 2008 against Barnsley, and the 5’9″ tall player has appeared 138 times for Palace since that time.
In 2011 he was named the Crystal Palace Player of the Year, and last October he was named as the Championship Player of the Month, and he was in the PFA Team of the Year for last season in the Championship.
Here’s some video of the lad – and he looks quick.
What do you think?