We’re not sure if Newcastle are still interested in Crystal Palace right back Nathaniel Clyne, but the Palace Chairman Steve Parish has said today that Palace would like to get decent compensation for him, and it’s thought he’s looking for £3M.
Nathanial Clyne – will cost £3M
Clyne has refused to sign a new deal at Crystal Palace and he is now out of contract and a free agent, but the London club are still due some compensation because Nathaniel is under 24 years old.
Crustal Palace Chairman Parish talked to the South London press last night:
“We need to do a deal with Clyne.” “There is a bit of action in the background and we know there is a lot of interest.”
“It is just about sorting out who it is best to go to and who will put the right money on the table. We’re all working to get an outcome.”
“Clubs don’t want to go down the tribunal route. It is a game of cat and mouse on the fee - we’ve just got to let that play out.”
The 21-year-old has been tracked by a number of clubs including Reading, Fulham, West Ham, Manchester City and Manchester United – and Newcastle have also been linked with the youngster this year, and have had him watched a number of times.
But whether he is still a target we don’t know and maybe not, if Newcastle can sign Matthieu Debuchy from Lille.
And if that happens we half expect Danny Simpson to be sold, since he’s still refusing to sign his new contract, and given we got £3M for Best from Blackburn, we would expect about the same fee for Simpson, with Reading said to be interested.
James Tavernier, although still only 20, could become the back up to Mathieu, and of course Davide Santon is flexible and can play in either full-back position.
Although if do sell Simpson, it leaves Newcastle short on experienced full-backs, so maybe we would need to bring in another top full-back?
We’re not sure if Newcastle are interested in the England U21 International Clyne, and we think the first priority is to get French International Mathieu Debuchy through the door, and hopefully very soon.