News today that Newcastle have entered negotiations with Crystal Palace, with the view to signing their 21 year-old English U21 International Nathaniel Clyne.
Nathaniel Clyne – Newcastle in move for 21 year-old right back
The news is that Alan Pardew is a big fan of Clyne’s, and Alan is well thought of at Palace and has some good contacts there, after his time managing Reading, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic in London.
Other clubs are said to be interested in Nathaniel, and they include Manchester United, Ajax, Fulham and West Ham, but Newcastle can offer the lad first team football next season at St. James’ Park, and that should appeal to the 21 year-old.
Newcastle want to open up negotiations with Crystal Palace and his representatives at the same time, and they also want to agree compensation with Crystal Palace for their player, and don’t want the fee to have to go to an arbitration board.
While Nathaniel’s contract runs out at the end of June and he becomes a free agent, Palace are still due compensation because he is under 24.
The Championship club’s co-Chairman Steve Parish had this to say about the youngster:
“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.”
And Crystal have already brought in a replacement for Nathaniel in former Portsmouth full-back Joel Ward, and it seems that both Crystal Palace and Newcastle hope a fee can be agreed for the 21 year-old.
This is what manager Dougie Freedman had to say, when asked if the negotiations on the fee for Nathaniel would need to go to a tribunal:
“I don’t think people will do that because they get very nervous with going to tribunals – there is not one set figure,”
“Any responsible club would rather sit down face to face with our chairman and say, ‘let’s thrash a deal out’ if they want the kid. I believe it will go that route, it’s just a matter of seeing what happens.”
“Nathaniel must have ideas where he is going to go, because he has had a very good financial contract put on the table here. To turn that down he must have one or two options.”
We wonder if that offer in front of him is from Newcastle?
And the Magpies are ready to bring in Clyne independent of whether Danny Simpson signs his new deal or not.
So if Newcastle are successful, then Nathaniel will have to battle it out with Clyne for the starting right back position, and that’s good, because Newcastle want to increase the competition for places all around the pitch for next season.
We think Nathaniel would be a great buy for Newcastle at £4M or anything less than that.