There are reports coming from France that Clement Grenier has told his club, that he does not want to move to Newcastle in January.
Clement Grenier – turns down Newcastle move
The news is being reported in both Foot01 and RMC, and what’s being reported is that Grenier has told both clubs he just doesn’t want to make a move in January to Newcastle, but would consider the move in the summer.
Well – assuming this news is true – that’s a little embarrassing – because when a club goes after a player the first thing you want to find out is if the players is interested – because otherwise you can do a lot of work negotiating a fee with the selling club – and it all becomes of no use.
And as we said this morning, it seems Joe Kinnear is doing some on-the-job training as our Director of Football.
Maybe that’s why news is breaking that Newcastle are now after 22 year-old Serbian International, Filip Duricic, who is currently playing at Benfica, but has only appeared eight times in this his first season at the Portuguese club.
Filip went to Benfica last summer for €6M from Heerenveen, and would be a much cheaper option than Grenier.
We could get the lad in for say €6M permanently, or better still – on loan for the rest of the season – so Newcastle could check him out before doing a permanent deal in the summer.
And then presumably, there’s no reason why Newcastle couldn’t then get Clement Grenier in over the summer, and also Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella too.
Hopefully as Newcastle are desperately trying to do a deal in January – which is always difficult (didn’t we already know that?) – some of the players we cannot get in this month we could still negotiate a deal for them to be carried out in the summer.
There’s no reason why Joe shouldn’t be doing that.
What do you think?
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