We reported yesterday that both the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail were saying that Newcastle were closing in on Crystal Palace’s young right back Nathaniel Clyne.
Nathaniel Clyne – Newcastle in talks with Crystal Palace
The right back has been scouted all season by Newcastle, but not much has been said about the lad this year – until the last couple of days that is.
We had thought when Manchester United and other top clubs were said to be interested in the player, that Newcastle wouldn’t have much of a chance,
But if the news is to be believed Newcastle are at the head of the queue for the England U21 International and are currently in talks with Palace.
The 21-year-old right back is out of contract at the end of June, but since he is under 24, Newcastle must still pay a compensation fee for him, and the size of that seems to be the disagreement between the clubs at the moment.
The news is that Palace want £5M for their top youngster, but Newcastle are willing to offer around £2M, but an agreement could still be reached to at least go to an arbitration board to settle the fee issue.
We think it’s hard for Palace to justify the £5M tag, but at £2M or even £3M, Nathaniel could become a great buy for the club, and of course the London club are simply trying to get as much as they can for one of their best young players.
We don’t want to overstate how good this lad is, because he still has a lot to learn, but he looks a great player in the making when we’ve watched him play this season.
And there may also be a move afoot to get more English players into Newcastle, and of course Nathaniel was born and bred in Stockwell, London – fairly close to where Chris Hughton was born.
If Nathaniel Clyne comes in, the conventional wisdom is that it would be to replace the departing Danny Simpson, but we think there’s a possibility Danny could still stay on Tyneside.
But it would be a great signing and a coup for Newcastle if they can get this lad on Tyneside – it would then have to be Clyne on the Tyne.
What do you think?