Newcastle are linked with two very good right-backs this summer.
Nathaniel Clyne – Newcastle interested in 21 year-old right back
Lille right-back 26 year-old Mathieu Debuchy and Crystal Palace”s 21 year-old right back Nathaniel Clyne, have both been linked with Newcastle for at least the last six months.
But the news is that Manchester United also have both players on their radar screen, as Alex Ferguson seemingly wants to improve the full back positions at Old Trafford.
Clyne is an England U21 International, and is generally recognized as the best right-back outside the Premier League, as he was named in the Championship Team of the Season, for the season just completed.
The player will definitely leave Selhurst Park this summer, and there was even news last week that Newcastle were negotiating with Palace for the player.
One player whom Newcastle have to decide on is Danny Simpson, who has still not signed a new deal put to him by the Tyneside club, and Newcastle will have to decide at some point this summer, and the earlier the better, when to fish or cut bait with the former Manchester United defender.
It’s kind of official that the Red Devils are interested in Clyne, as the Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish has said that.
The 21 year-old’s contract ends on June 30th but Palace are due some compensation for a player who has played for the first team since 2008, and the fee could even be determined by a tribunal, if it can’t be agreed with the other club.
This is what Steve Parish said:
“We have long since resigned ourselves to Nathaniel wanting to go,” “It is just a matter of talking to those clubs interested in him and agreeing a fee.”
We think either Nathaniel or Mathieu Debuchy would be good signings for Newcastle, whether or not Simpson leaves.
But if he stays, it would seem the younger Clyne would be the better signing, and he could then challenge Simpson immediately for that right back spot on Tyneside.
What do you think?