It seems that two right backs Newcastle are after are 26 year-old Mathieu Debuchy of Lille, and young 21 year-old Nathaniel Clyne of Crystal Palace.
Mathieu Debuchy – the Lille and France right-back
Both these right backs are good players, and we would be pleased with either arriving on Tyneside.
From what we can tell from the reports, Newcastle are already in talks with Crystal Palace for Clyne, and we suppose they are trying to decide on a fair compensation price for the England U21 International.
Nathaniel is a very good player in the making, and he has looked very good at right back against good opposition, and it’s small wonder that Manchester United are said to be linked with this lad.
Crystal Palace want around £4M for the player, and it could be in Newcastle’s best interests to quickly agree a fee with Crystal Palace, and wrap up the deal.
Nathaniel’s contract runs out at the end of this month, but since he is still under 24, Palace are due some compensation, and it will go to an independent arbitration board, if the fee cannot be agreed between the two clubs.
Mathieu Debuchy is an older, more experienced and more expensive player, and he so far has 4 caps for France with one goal, and is expected to start in the Euro 2012 Championships, which will get underway when France takes on England next Monday night.
Nathaniel Clyne – Crystal Palace right back
It’s reported that Newcastle are balking at the price of £8M being asked for Debuchy by his club Lille, and Newcastle would be more willing to pay £5M or £6M for the Frenchman, who is a good friend of Yohan Cabaye, and is also said to be very keen to join Cabaye on Tyneside.
While either player would be a good buy as far as we are concerned, Clyne will be the cheaper option, but he is less experienced and may even be the riskier acquisition for Newcastle, but he could also become a top English full-back of the future.
Debuchy may be a safer bet, but would be more expensive – maybe twice the price of Clyne.
So bearing these pros and cons in mind – who do you think would be the better buy for Newcastle.
Let us know.