There’s news that Newcastle have had their bid for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier turned down by the French club, and now they have to decide whether to raise that bid.
Clement Grenier – for Newcastle bid rejected
The news on the bid was that it was around £10M, but to get the player in during January Newcastle we would need to pay a premium, and it’s not clear if owner Mike Ashley wants to overpay a little – to get a top replacement in for the departed Yohan Cabaye.
It probably depends very much on what Lyon would accept to let Clement Grenier leave in January and Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas may not be too ken to let him go, and has proved to be tough negotiator in the past.
This is what the 23 year-old told the French website Foot Mercato:
“I don’t know much about it. I read the press and I saw my name written next to Newcastle, but I don’t have more information than this.” “The transfer window closes on Friday so we’ll see.”
“I’ve still got lots of objectives I want to achieve personally and collectively with Lyon. I’m not thinking about the transfer window and transfer rumors.”
We’ll see just how aggressive Newcastle are in getting a replacement in – but we’d be struggling if we have to rely on what we have at the club at the moment, with Cabaye having been one of our very best players this season.
And with the skill and technique Grenier has, he would be a direct replacement for Yohan.
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