The transfer window has only been shut a few days, but it hasn’t stopped the transfer speculation as summer moves start being talked about.
One such move is involving Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne, who is being eyed as a replacement for Danny Simpson according to the Sunday Star.
The situation with Danny Simpson’s contract is pretty clear to us as fans. The facts and figures shouldn’t really concern us in truth, but the fact that nothing has been signed and, more importantly, nothing appears to be on the horizon, is what we should be interested in. Could it be that Newcastle are already lining up a replacement who is younger, cheaper, possibly better, but also with potential to develop? Well it wouldn’t be the first time would it?
Clyne turns 21 in April so will have the best years of his career ahead of him. He’s been a regular in the Crystal Palace side for four seasons now so he has served his apprenticeship and has shown that he is a good prospect. He is an England U21 international and who made two appearances for Stuart Pearce’s young lions after being promoted from the England U19 setup. In total, for club and country, he has made 137 appearances and scored one goal.
Here is the obligatory YouTube video of Clyne in action for those who haven’t really seen a lot of the lad play.
The South Londoner is said to be a quiet person and is not known for being loud on the training ground. That could be a good thing in truth. He just goes into to training and gets the job done. Nothing wrong with that. A fee of about £5m is being mentioned by The Star which seems reasonable considering his age and potential. It’s also low enough to reflect the lads relative lack of experience.
Will anything come of it? Is it just more speculation? Do you fancy a bit of Clyne on the Tyne?