Decent Offer Will See Clement Grenier Join Newcastle

Joe Kinnear now has his work cut out before Friday night to bring in a midfielder to replace Yohan Cabaye – who will formally sign for Paris Saint-Germain today, after completing his medical. The fee is said to be £20M plus £3M add-ons for Yohan which is decent.

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Clement Grenier – Lyon midfielder

23 year-old Clement Grenier of Lyon is the number one target, and he talked yesterday about the Newcastle interest, and said that Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas would consider selling him if a decent offer was made for him.

The player  has only just turned 23 earlier this month, and has similar attributes to Yohan Cabaye., and he would seem to be a tremendous signing if Newcastle can do the deal before Saturday.

This is what Clement said:

“I have only just learned about Newcastle’s interest from the press.” “I have no idea what can be said or done at this time. At one point, the President said that if a good offer is made for me this winter, he would certainly look at it.”

“I do not know if he received an offer or not, and I’m not at all thinking about it. For the moment, it is not in my head. I have goals with Olympique Lyonnais for the end of the season and I focus on them.”

If Grenier can be signed before the end of the week, Newcastle fans would be placated a little, after owner Mike Ashley again sold one of his best players mid-way through the season and Mike gives the impression he is more concerned about money and the financial books, than he is building a top side at Newcastle,.

There’s no doubt this young Frenchmen could be a star of the future, and he would be only too willing to join the Tyneside club, after he saw Yohan Cabaye’s rapid rise in just 30 months to be one of France’s best players while at Newcastle.

We hope Joe Kinnear can get the job done in the next three days and if the news in France is to be believed, Newcastle bid £10M for the player over the weekend, and maybe a slightly increased bid of around £12M could seal the deal?

We hope so.

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18 comments so far

  • Slank

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Last night’s match was one of those where the best team doesn’t win.

    It was similar to us against Spurs were we were battered but won. Last night we were in total control and apart from two saves by Krul, Norwich offered provided little.

    As someone as previously mentioned we missed Cabaye’s long range shooting and his free kicks although Remy was unlucky with his. I thought the three upfront were great. Very fluid and always prepared to take their man on. Sammy certainly deserves another go after that first half performance. My only disappointment was not seeing young Armstrong make a late cameo but I’m sure there will be lots of opportunities in the months and years to come for him, hopefully.

  • bollance

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #2

    This time last year Arsenal were linked with Arsenal and he more or less said his preference was to go to them but the deal did not happen. In that report he was likened to Nasri. Now he is being compared to Cabaye.

    Where is Jayphoto to resolve this, what is his style?

    Hopefully we will find out sometime soon.

  • bollance

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #3


    That is one of the attractions of the beautiful game, no?

  • lesh

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #4

    We’ve supposedly offered €10m and Kinnear’ll increase it if need be. He’s said he’ll throw in a signed photo of himself – that shouid swing the deal!

  • bollance

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Abeid’s latest goal from Saturday

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #6


    im thinking pardewed for the second half

    i remember watching shola and thinking if he can do can what he does outside the box inside it , he could be a world beater , sadly he couldn’t and gained a lot of weight (muscle as he is quite ripped)

    I fear that Sammy will go the same way , the boy has talent and is still full of running, but there is no end product to his game, so all we get is energy from him,
    fergy is better, he can cross the ball, pardew even said he can peel oranges with that left foot , what ever that means,

    Adam Campbell is a raw prospect , but he needs to be given game time , sending shola on is like holding up a white flag, he creates very little , at one point last night he ran out to the right, ran away from the play , he should have been sprinting for the box , AC would be in there faces , chasing things down , making things happen for others

    I also think hidarra should have been on a lot sooner for Sammy , he seem spent in the second half, pardew leaves his subs way to late,

    for me a lot of you guy see a change, I just don’t see it, if plan A is not working , there is nothing else ,

    I fear that LDJ will end up just being a target man for long balls,

    sissoko was my MOTM , he never gives up , but HBA was very close

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #7

    pawl – from previous

    modric was only 16mil…not crazy money for spurs to pay.

    Also they have built a team which got top 4 without spending huge fees on players, only this season they have and that was on the back of bale and the expensive lads are the worst ones for them.

    Arsenal, until this year had only ever spent 16mil on a player at most.

    The thing is you can buy good quality players in midfield and defense for under 10mil (or around that mark) but you need to spend good money if you want a top top level forward…22 mil for suarez was a snip for the amount of points he has won but 12mil giroud, similar for sturridge, we got Ba on a free….you can do it on a budget.

    You just need to make sure you buy enough so you can cover injuries/loss of form with other quality players.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Not happy with the bow and arrow celebration.

  • Slank

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #9


    Yep it is.

    I wonder whether Abeid will do a Dummitt and come back to us from his loan spell a far greater player than when he left.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #10


    fergie is garbage, i used to rate the kid but he is poor, he can’t even get in birminghams team this year.

    sammy played well last night, some good passing and moving, does need to work on the final ball but that can develop

  • Slank

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #11


    ‘.. pardew even said he can peel oranges with that left foot…’

    Keeping with fruit analogies, I think Pardew may have gone on to say that alas when combined with his right foot he tends to resemble someone who has stood on a banana skin.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Is it just de dong and grenier that could be the only players that sign by Friday, if so that sucks big time.

  • bollance

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #13


    Ketsbia9 rates Abeid highly and it is rumoured to have flown out a few times to watch him play and follow him around.

    To be fair to Kets he did call Man utd having a poor squad which Fergie evidently got the most out of to his credit.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #14


    he might be now, but when it was him Sammy and obertan taking turns on the left wing , fergy was the one that was quality , IMO, he never bottled a tackle , and he could whip nice balls into the box

    no doubt Sammy has talent, but as a left winger your judged on goals and chances created, and on that he needs lots if work, effort and energy should be a given for anyone who puts on a shirt , someone should tell shola that

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #15


    we all though kets was mad when he spoke about man utd like that, but fair play he was right…to an extent anyway

  • Thump

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #16

    @Novocastrian: FIFA has done weird things for goal celebrations.

    @Slank: I certainly hope so. It’s good to see him doing well and, hopefully, he can come back as a rotational player. Would like to see Dummett go back out on loan, maybe to a Championship side.

  • yorkymag

    Jan 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t understand why that sucks
    Greenier is 23 and not now but potentially better than cabayne he has five years to develop,he is certainly a real prospect scores goals and is good from a dead ball as well as combative and strong ,not dissimilar to Ross Barclay
    De Jong whatever happened in Germany is a proven goalscorer again young and a proper number 9 good in the ground and excellent at holding the ball
    I would be delighted with these two by Friday but I appreciate your view would just be interested in why it sucks

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jan 29, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #18

    We need a couple of players now, but we also need to put money to the side for the summer for more players. What if de jong turns out 2 be a massive hit, we’re gonna need something like 8.5 million to sign him up. Grenier lookin like he will cost 10 – 12 million. Our 20 million for cabaye is away. Even if we don’t sign up de jong, we won’t have any strikers left. Shola and remy will be away, and who knows what the future holds for cisse. If he doesn’t leave, we desperately need him 2 get his ass in gear.
    Overall we need to think about bring couple of faces in next couple of days, and a couple in the summer aswel. 20 million is our which is not much.


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