Crystal Palace’s young full-back, Nathaniel Clyne, appears ready to move on after rejecting a new contract at Selhurst Park.
Clyne actually rejected a move to Wolves whilst the Eagles were in administration back in January, but must now feel that he is ready to make the step-up to the Premiership 12 months on.
The 19-year old, whose current contract runs out in the summer, has won Palace’s ‘young player of the year’ for the last two seasons and won the accolade of FourFourTwo ‘young player of the year’ last season to boot.
As a result, Houllier, Moyes, Hughes and McLeish will all be scrapping to get their hands on the new rough ‘crystal’ (ok, it doesn’t quite work but give me a break here!). Furthermore, when you consider that Liverpool have been bringing in players more suited to those aforementioned clubs, and are openly looking for a full-back, Roy Hodgson could be after Clyne as well.
How much Wolves’ bid that was accepted by administrations last year is unknown. However, despite Clyne’s contract running out, new owner Steve Parish will not be forced into a cheap sale. Because of his age, even if Parish waits until Clyne’s contract runs out, Palace would be due compensation.
Therefore it may take a bid of over a million pounds to be able to secure his signature, after a nigh-on month battle royal, but expect Clyne to be sitting on a Premiership bench by February 1st, and in the England under-21 side by the end of the season.