Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier is said to be keen to join Newcastle United, and if the Tyneside club can pull off a deal for him in the next four days, he would be able to come in immediately to replace Yohan Cabaye, after a deal was struck with PSG for Cabaye last night.
Clement Grenier – open to Newcastle move
But sensible clubs don’t want to sell their best players half way through the season, as Newcastle are prone to do, and we think it’s going to be very difficult for us to get a good replacement in before 11:00 pm on Friday night.
L’Equipe reported that Newcastle have already bid €13M (£10.6M)for the Lyon midfielder, but Lyon seem unwilling to sell one of their best players in January, and specifically President Jean-Michel Aulas did not exactly welcome Newcastle’s bid over the weekend.
The 23 year-old is at least as good as Cabaye was at 23, and he is a very similar player to Yohan, being a box to box midfielder with terrific skills, and is good with free kicks, and he could improve big time on Tyneside.
But it doesn’t seem that Grenier is ready to move this month:
“I have learned that Newcastle are tracking me, but I have still have targets with Lyon.” “If one day because the time comes that I have to go, I will.”
“The main thing will always be to move forward. When you know where you want to go, you must establish it and achieve it.” ”For the moment, Newcastle’s offer is not in my head.”
“In the short term, I want to score goals with Olympique Lyonnais by the end of the season.” ”The World Cup is one of my goals. It is in a small corner of my mind. Is it better for me to stay in Lyon?” ”For the moment, yes.”
“There are still many goals with Lyon. I have the chance to play as often as I can. After that, we’ll see.”
Grenier’s representative Frederic Guerra has said that his player wants to move to Newcastle, and he saw clearly what happened in the 30 months that Yohan was on Tyneside.
Yohan did not have a full cap when he signed for Newcastle in June of 201 as a 25 year-old, having just helped Lille win the French League.
But now he is one of France’s best players and has 26 full caps, and he was outstanding for Newcastle all this season – but he became too good for us – since Newcastle cannot offer Champions League football – which all the best players crave.
And while we think Newcastle should have held onto Cabaye until the summer, it would be very good if Newcastle can sign Grenier this week.
The 6’1″ tall 23 year-old has two and a half years left on his contract at Lyon, and while we are at it – maybe Newcastle can also sign Bafe Gomis from Lyon this week too – that would help raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans.
Grenier has played for Lyon all of his career since signing on for them back in 2002, and he has made 106 appearances with 15 goals and 21 assists, and he already has three full French caps, and only turned 23 earlier this month.
For the record, Yohan Cabaye played 93 times for Newcastle, scored 18 goals with 15 assists, and he will be remembered as one of the most skillful players ever to play in Newcastle United’s midfield.
Those free kicks of his were just exquisite and we are really going to miss him.
But life goes on.
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