Newcastle Increase Their Bid For Clement Grenier


Luuk de Jong is expected to have his medical at Newcastle today, after he jetted into Newcastle airport last night to sign for the Tyneside club  on loan for the rest of the season – but Newcastle are also aggressively trying to sign 23 year-old Clement Grenier before Friday’s transfer deadline.

Clément Grenier

Clement Grenier – Lyon midfielder

And Alan Pardew is pushing Joe Kinnear and Secretary Lee Charnley to move in quickly for Newcastle’s top target Clement Grenier, and put in an improved all cash offer for the 23 year-old Lyon play-maker – since time is short.

Alan had mentioned last night at Carrow Road after the game, that he hoped to have good news from Joe Kinnear today – so we have to hope Lyon will accept the bid from Newcastle, which the Chronicle (Lee Ryder) is reporting this morning.

And presumably it will be an increase on the £10M bid they submitted, at least that initial bid was reported in the French press over the weekend.

Grenier has said if the club gets a decent offer for him, their President Jean-Michel Aulas has told him he will consider it, and the lad certainly seems keen to join Newcastle.

If we can get Clement Grenier and Luuk in before Friday night, that would be good, given the position we are in late in this transfer window.

What do you think?

Personal note – my wife Madeline has to have some minor surgery today, so I will be out of commission for some periods today  – I hope I miss the announcement that we’ve signed both Luuk de Jong and Clement Grenier. 😀

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303 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Fingers crossed on this one, however, if we don’t get a midfielder in, I still think we are well stocked till the end of the season anyway. We certainly don’t need Charlie Adam.

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  • Bambams

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Is there anything to back this up anywhere? Paper talk ?

    JFK spouted something off in Wetherspoons ?

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    G

    surely the Charlie Adam link was a wind-up, however this lad looks a good player, on the previous thread Geese put a link on about him, its well worth a read, he has plenty to learn but he could turn into something special, I really do hope that we get him.

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  • G

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Talksport last night suggested it, and twitter went a bit mad with Charlie Adam rumour. I certainly don’t hope, or think for that matter, that there is any truth to it.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Lets get him in today so he can have a couple days to train before saturday

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    It would be great if we could get LDJ plus 1 or 2 others in before the window closes, but being realistic about it, it has taken us 29 days to get a lad over to Newcastle for a medical on a loan deal. A lad we were first rumoured to be inquiring about for a loan in November…. 2 more in less than 3 days? We will see.

    On a different note, anyone heard how bad the injuries to Goofy and Cisse are? Are they fit for Saturday??

    Someone also mentioned LDJ being a prolific scorer, he isn’t really. He is a second striker. He managed 41 goals in 89 league games in Holland. In comparison, a similar aged striker at a similar Dutch club, Altidore managed 23 in 33 last season, and 16 in 34 the year before, so 39 in 64. He has hardly set the Prem alight. I like him, but he will be someone to bring in others and chip in with the odd goal rather than our main goal threat.

    Also, for someone who is getting knocked for his aerial ability, a third of his career goals have been with his head.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Bambams

    it was reported on Sky, they are usually quite accurate, but we shouldn’t get carried away as so many bids get turned down, putting a bid in doesn’t mean a great deal, not until it is accepted, then you build your hopes up.

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  • geordieboy83

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Best wishes to the missus ED

    I’ll be happy with grenier, de Jong and a summer deal for cabella, in the summer if like siem, a cb like shawcross, Luuk and loic on permanents. Be a tidy little team thst

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Talksport started the Charlie Adam story, so it 99% likely to be utter horse manure.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m glad we seem to be making moves but still disappointed as other teams always say let us find a replacement first before we sell.

    On the game yesterday, Sammy looked really good as did HBA….why didnt Percy play such an attacking line up when Cabaye was here? Personally feel both Sammy and HBA created more chances than Sissoko and Gouff would have.

    Remy, well he’s a silly boy really, raise your hands and you will get sent off….Stupid. As an attacking threat Remy looked better cutting inside from the left and shooting.

    No doubt the Mackem Slayer will play on Saturday which would be a shame, he offered nothing when he came on. Percy please put Marv on the bench, he has to be a better option than Haidara off the bench. How much did we miss Cabaye at dead balls and his shooting from outside the box

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  • JaxtheMag

    Jan 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    hope everything goes well ed.

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  • geordiemark

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    well theres the scraps handed out we have bid for a good player only for the manager to come out and say it was to late to get the deal over the line again, only player coming in is de jong that’s it

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  • geordiemark

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    there only doing this because of the uproar it will cause them at st james at the weekend am damn sure of that

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Lilongwe

    The cynical side of me says they knew a bid would come for cabaye so they held up deals until he left to make us remember the in comings more than the out goings?

    Probably rubbish and me being cynical, but that’s what Ashley has done to me.

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  • cjtoon

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Hi All,

    Everyone seems upbeat on here today… :-p

    I thought it was nice Pardew was forced to name an attacking line-up last night as it shows how the best way to dominate a game like this is to attack it. I cant remember us creating as many chances as that first half in a long time.

    Sadly we didnt have our finishing boots on, the worst miss being ben arfa’s from sammy’s cut back, I think most would have fancied him to bury that one. The main issue for me is we looked pretty impotent 2nd half and gave Norwich chances to steal the win!

    Sammy for me was the stand out player in the first half, Norwich couldnt get near him, such a skillful player for a big lad. If he could pull his consitency issues together he could be a really good player.

    I thought everyone did well. I wish we could tell our full backs to stop shooting all the time though, we seem obsessed with taking speculative long shots, when we have the quality on the pitch to pass it around and create chances.

    I thought Hatem was a mixed bag as usual really, showed he can be less selfish and create for others as well as illustrating that he still can be too selfish at times. Overall a solid performance though.

    The rest of the team looked good, Remy could have had a few goals and although i know its a strikers perogative i wish he would look for the pass more. He is such a one trick pony cutting in from the left of the box and bending it far post (similar to benny on the right). There was one situation where sammy played it into remy and continued his run into the box practically unmarked but remy cut in for the shot and it was blocked. We have a great collective group of players and im optimistic it could gel if we play in an attack focused manner.

    I think something that needs to be noted though is that in the last two games the opposition in the first half of each game have been about as poor as you will see in the premier league. West Hams defending was tragic last week and Norwich were bystanders in the first half yesterday.

    I dont think we missed Cabaye at all although im sure others will disagree.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Looks like were signing Daniel Larusso and Johnny from the Karate Kid.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    geordiemark

    I’m not too sure about that, I can’t see the club inventing these rumours in an attempt to appease the fans, the impression I get is that the club couldn’t care less about the fans so why would they try appease us when they just don’t care ?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #19

    spoof

    I don’t think this but could be to get people excited enough to snap up the remaining season tickets they have on sale now.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Sage,
    Yeah, you could be right, trying to make the fans look the other way as they usher a star player out of the back door. Certainly isn’t beyond the realms of possibility with this lot.

    But given the trouble we had with Aulas in the summer I think that negotiations should have been going on, even in private to discuss what figure would get him, what wages he may require etc so that once the bid for Cabaye came then it was a simple case of offering the figures that had been discussed so everything ran smoothly.

    Things running smoothly may well be beyond the realms of possibility at Newcastle United though…..

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #21

    TS

    I wouldn’t say you were being cynical, by using the word incomings, which means more than one I would suggest that your being hopeful rather than cynical, but I do no what you mean, you cynical bugger you, lol

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  • dubzy

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Hope we sign this player….got a bit of Juninho (LYON) an kaka about this player

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  • geordiemark

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23

    spoof

    since Ashley took over that’s all they have given us excuse after excuse, I am not suffering from ashleyitus never expect anything from someone who doesn’t have the heart for the club nor its supporters nor the erea that sums him up to me

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  • jordijohnty

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Come on. Own up who did this to his wiki page

    “He is known for his technical ability, dribbling, and free-kick taking. Grenier can play on the right side of midfield, as well as in the attacking midfield position just behind the striker. He has more skill in his little finger than yohan cabaye! Famous for saying I’ve never seen a mackem in Millan !”

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    TS
    now you are being cynical lol

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #26

    Good luck to the missus Ed!

    This story looks promising tbf, Sky saying we’ve put in a significant bid and Jean-Michel Aulas had said if they got a decent bid they would be prepared to do business this window
    IF and it’s still a big if, we manage to pull this transfer off then fair play to the board for getting a replacement in the same window for once, still think we need another signing on top to keep us pushing the league and improving the squad but at least it’s a start

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #27

    Remy dint deserve a red. He has not tried to hurt the player.
    Perhaps Pardew wants to keep him suspended to show the ones above him that reinforcements are needed. I know its diabolical but thers a good chance of the card being reduced to yellow.

    I wouldnt get my hopes up on a bid. Wait for the news of a medical.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #28

    De Jong, Cabella and Grenier would be sufficient. We can say that we have strengthened.

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  • Santon03

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #29

    damn! lately so many conspiracy theories in this blog about everything.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Sounds good but seen this patter before and we’ve been burnt dealing with Lyon before

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #31

    mark

    I agree with you, no one dislikes Ashley more than I, basically all I was saying is that I believe that the Grenier bid will be true and not a sham solely because Ashley imo would never try to do anything which is done for the sole purpose of appeasing us, I just don’t think he gives a toss about us. So as a result I do feel that they are genuinely trying to get Grenier.

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  • TheToonKing

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #32

    If we get Grenier, De Jong and maybe someone else, maybe a younger fringe player, we can argue that this has been a good window.

    Grenier, once settled is arguably a player of the same quality as Cabaye, but younger with more upside. His freekicks are better then Cabaye’s for sure.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #33

    I would love to see this Guy on Saturday BUT I think we all know under The fat Controller and JFK were probably not going to get anyone apart from De Jong .. Were not in any cups and in a Europa competition and not going to be relegated so fat mikes attitude is Alan pardew has enough Fire power to keep us up.. We have a decent defence now. Midfielders are Good enough and the strikers with Lukke will be ok … Don’t get me wrong I want this lad an Cabbella in This week aswell .

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  • Belfast

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #34

    Smoke and mirrors spring to mind.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #35

    Grenier is fairly tall and seems a bit simlar to Gerrard and Kaka. Cabaye only had 1 good game in his first season and was poor last season. He has improved vastly this season. Marveaux outshone him last season, but for some reason he can’t get in the squad ahead of Sammi and Gosling.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #36

    Surprised we didn’t go for Gourcuff.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #37

    It would be interesting to know what the bid is, I could be wrong but did the club not say that we would be quite this window and would only sign someone if it was a really good deal for us ( which means cheap ) so if thats the case then Grenier would be a surprise as players as good as him are rarely sold on the cheap, or have they altered their outlook due to the sale of Cabaye.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #38

    theartfuldodger
    Contact does not matter once your raise your hands or put your to another’s by the letter of the law it is a red card no matter how right or wrong that is
    Johnson’s reaction was comical and you can tell by the way he got straight back up he knew it had backfired
    The FA will never in a month of Sundays over turn that decision, appealing the decision would result in the FA deeming it frivolous and earn Remy an additional one game suspension

    To suggest its to prove a point is ludicrous tbh next you’ll be saying pards told him to nut him!

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #39

    Artfuldodger

    it clearly states that raising a hand is an automatic red card. Remy deserved his red as his push was aggressive and so was Johnson’s. Percy said he’d of sent him off as well.

    Will be interesting to see if we can pull the Grenier deal off, my concern is that Arsenal wanted the kid in the summer now every man and his dog knows we are bidding for

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  • corkypants85

    Jan 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #40

    just been watching grenier on youtube this lad reminds me of our very own laurent robert!!! please mister kinnear pull this off

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