There are reports in France today that Newcastle have made a €13M (£10.6M) offer for Clement Grenier, the Lyon midfielder, and we had a report out yesterday that said that Newcastle were interested in the 23 year-old, who could be a direct replacement in case Yohan Cabaye is sold this week.
Clement Grenier – 23 year-old Lyon midfielder
When you look at Cement’s abilities – his terrific technical ability, dribbling skills, and free-kick prowess, you cannot help but wonder if this lad would be a direct replacement for Yohan Cabaye this month.
But there are a number of problems for Newcastle to secure the transfer, if Yohan is sold this week.
Although the player is thought to be willing to join Newcastle, Naples are also interested and they can offer him Champions League football which Newcastle cannot.
There’s also the Lyon President, Jean-Michel Aulas, who doesn’t want to sell any of his best players in January, which is understandable.
If Cabaye is sold – and we suppose that depends on whether PSG or Manchester United are willing to come up with a £25M bid in cool cash before 11:00 pm on Friday night, then Newcastle must bring in a replacement, otherwise a potentially (very) good season could be in jeopardy.
In many ways Mike Ashley runs Newcastle as if it was a bank, where money is everything, but in football you cannot keep selling your very best players if you cannot replace them with somebody as good – or almost as good.
And the top football clubs very rarely sell their very best players, because they want to build the best team they can.
We hope nothing happens this week, and that Yohan is still a Newcastle player come Saturday.
Oh – and we play Sunderland at home on Saturday afternoon, after playing at Norwich City tomorrow night.
We need 6 points from those two games.
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