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.
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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