Newcastle Consider Increased Clement Grenier Bid

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.

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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.

Here’s hoping.

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36 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Arma shouldn’t even be on the bench for such a game…let’s hope common sense prevails.

    Poyet was a very intelligent footballer and is now a very intelligent coach and in a nutshell Pardew ain’t… so we can safely assume we’ll be out manoeuvred tactically.

    It’s therefore down to the lads on the park to do their thing… IMO we have to put out the most attack minded team we can muster and mine would be

    Debuchy williams mbiwa santon
    tiote sissoko Anita
    HBA LDJ Gouffy

    we have get up the scummy b@stards from the off and trample all over them

  • spitfire_

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    And again this “consider” thing. It looks like than in the most of the time we consider should we consider a bid.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #3

    If they are considering anything it’s what would be the best time tomorrow night to put in an imaginary bid in for him?

  • belgrade fan

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    So what if HBA gets injured? we ll have last 15 mins vs Norwich every game. Which was crap. Cant believe what is this club doing, and they offered Marv to Nantes, our only CAM

  • Our Toon

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5


    I disagree mate, as I’ve said Percy has a 7 yrs remaining on his contract, not many managers would accept the wages that he’s on and if sacked he will get more money for wrongful dismissal plus the owner having to pay off his 7 yr contract. I think you give Percy to much credit. Percy refuses to stand up instead he is happy to be dictated to and then peddles that dross to us. I’ve mentioned Poyet, he stood up to his board and threatened to walk if he didn’t get things his way!! I refuse to credit anyone who has no BACKBONE, I haven’t mentioned on field style of play and really don’t see what that has to do with the off field spineless shenanigans

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #6

    There are 2 quality players who can play No 10 available for a decent price,Siem De Jong and Grenier,Siem De Jong said he wants to leave Ajax,there is NO excuse.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #7


    joke club

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #8

    How do you know how much Pardew’s wages are?,and if you were manager of Newcastle Utd would you walk?

  • Siddik

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Why we always have to wait till the last moment to secure a deal ??

  • Our Toon

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #10


    The real joke is that come May we will have spent £8m (minimum) including wages on 2 players that don’t belong to us!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Barkley at 18? He was 19 last year and struggling at Leeds. Rooney is an exception. Arma isn’t ready or we would have heard a lot more about him. Campbell was ready 18 months ago according to Pards, but still doesn’t look it.

    Sage, (If you are about)
    Another sign of the gulf in youth development..

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  • BandB

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #12

    If it is true that we have already bid £10m for him, then we are already into nosebleed territory for Ashley.
    If it is true, then we seem to be serious about it. The case for signing him makes itself, unless the club wants to see Anita and Hatem starting and finishing more games.
    But what is in it for the player?

    The plan worked out for Cabaye.
    He came in as a £4m player and left as a £19m one, to get his dream of playing CL football.
    What vision do we sell to his replacement?
    Is it?
    a) in three years time we will be a Champions’ League team ourselves.
    b) After three years of domestic football in the PL, we will sell you to a Champions’ League team?

    Let’s assume Ashley will still be around in three years time, and has time to restart the “Cabaye process.”
    Do we still have credibility as a “stepping-stone” club to young and ambitious players?

    Have Cisse, Ben Arfa, Anita, or Santon, enhanced their chances of being sold to a Champions’ League Club? Mbiwa and Haidara have yet to establish themselves in the first team after a year.
    Tiote still has a chance, as does Debuchy. Krul came through the ranks.
    So there is mixed evidence.
    Either way, we have been told the squad is strong enough to cope with all eventualities.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    SSN Pardew conference,he’s hopeful we can sign Grenier,fans would love him.Seemed a bit downbeat to me

  • kevymartins

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Pards just said on Ssn that the deal is on going and he is hopefull.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #15


    im not sure how much you have read today

    all I seen the other night was the second half, and to be honest, I thought we were poor, HBa played well,

    but by all accounts we played well, again though it was only 45 mins, not a 90, it was also against Norwich,

    % wise as TS pointed out

    we have more shots than any other team from outside the box (18 y box)

    we also have the least amount of shots in side the 18y box

    at this stage 2 seasons ago, we had 32 for 30 against

    this season we have 32 for 28 against,

    we are 2 goals better off in defence,

    to me it screams don’t commit anyone forward,

    the fact is we loses more games from winning postions like he always has,
    and he can not turn a loosing position into a winning position,,

    these are thing id like to see him address these things, until
    he will always be a puppet, bumbling along , collecting his money, winging it

  • Our Toon

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Mr Mojo

    Its been well reported that he’s on 500k, but he also receives money for transfers and team performance (bonuses)

    Yes I would walk away and I have done in the past from a role that I’ve had within a company, when one goes against there own principles than there is no hope for them at all. I’ve walked away from very good deals for my company because they go against my principles and it would question my integrity.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #17


    no excuse? that sounds like a challenge to Ashley

  • toon1707

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Is there no backup to Granier is it a case of all eggs in one basket as no other names are being mentioned anywhere

  • SharpEnough23

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Grenier looks like a decent player and he’s only 23, if we pull it off in time I won’t be so p*ssed about Ashley letting cabaye go.

    De jong I’m not so convinced with, he has alot to prove, which can only be a good thing. But from what I have seen it isn’t promising.


    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #20

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  • Harley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Have I missed something here. Why’s everyone bashing pardew again?
    What’s he done now?!!

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Who will score for us?

    Remy Suspended.

    Gouff injured

    Cabaye gone.

  • kevymartins

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #23

    @Himanshu Shola will get his 1 goal a season this sat I bet 😉

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #24

    I get that Siem De Jong is a good player and is available but how is he a replacement for Cabaye? Hes more like a second striker who can drop deep rather than a playmaker.

    Grenier is obviously the more sensible option even more than Cabella who I see as a show pony to be honest.

  • Beattie25

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Run Up to Deadline Day January 2011:

    Priority Striker.

    ”Bid” for N’Zogbia – Bid Rejected – No Alternative – ‘We Treid!’

    Run Up to Deadline Day August 2011:

    Priority Striker.

    ”Bid” for Bryan Ruiz – Bid Rejected – No Alternative – ‘We Tried’.

    Run Up to Deadline Day January 2012:

    Priority CB.

    ”Bid” for Adrian Marriapa – Bid Rejected – No Alternative – ‘We Tried’

    Run Up to Deadline Day August 2012:

    Priority RB

    ”Bid” for Mathieu Debuchy – Bid Rejected -No Alternative – ‘We Tried’

    Run Up to Deadline Day January 2013:

    Needed CF

    ”Bid” made for Ricky Van Wolfswinkle (After Remy signed for QPR) – Bid Rejected – No Alternative – ‘We Tried’

    Run Up to Deadline Day August 2013:

    Needed CF.

    ”Bid” made for Andre Ayew – Bid Rejected – No Alternative – ‘We Tried’

    This list isn’t comprehensive but shows you how the press report we’ve bid, we’ve failed and we’ve ended up with nobody in every window since Jan 2011.

    These players may not have gone on to be world beaters but that isn’t my point. My point is that the club allows stories to be printed in aim of getting our hopes up and looking like they’re trying.

    We are not because we either bid too low knowing we won’t get the player or they give us no communication to certify that we haven’t made a bid.

    Clement Grenier is another in a long list of ‘Bid Rejected’ players that will not sign in the coming days. Instead the club will continue to soldier on until the Summer where upon hoping that he is cheaper.

    Sham of a club.

    P.S. I’m only back for deadline day. Couldn’t let you go through it alone.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Crystal Palace “favourites” to sign Tom Ince according to SSN. Tony Pulis is working wonders at that club.

    He must be odds on for manager of the season.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #27


    I can see why he would and wouldn’t walk.

    right now his stock is high so he could easily walk away. Also he’ll have enough money from over the years to be fine to retire now, makes walking easier for him than your average guy on average wage

  • Markaccus

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #28


    he was the second gunman. I think…… no, wait…. he is responsible for holding back the electric car… no, thats not it either….. ah its something, anyway 😀

  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Beattie25 – the form guide would suggest that the deal for Grenier is over… our bid being unaccepted means we normally walk away. I can only hope something is different this time.

  • lesh

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Consider increasing their bid? Consider?? Conf&%£$€^g increasing their bid?!

    This beggars belief that they clearly don’t appreciate that having just pocketed £20m that it’s a sellers’ market.

    I wonder if they appreciate that while they dither over ordering the money Lyon want, that the price goes up as the window closure gets nearer?

    And that if we start tumbling down the table, each place dropped costs £2m in prize money?

    What f#£@ing price economy!

    Clowns, principled, penny-pinching amateurs!

  • lesh

    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Harley… The fact that Pardew breaths is enough for the ultra-critics to have a pop at him.

    They are clowns, short-sighted clowns and really should get out more.

  • Whumpie

    Jan 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Harley – they’re having a go at Pardew because this is where the die-hard AP haters hang out. The Chronicle’s survey shows that they’re in a small minority – just a vociferous one on here. You could post a story about the half-time pies on here and somehow someone would manage to make a case that links pies to sacking Pardew.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Clowns Attack Puppet

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  • StuW

    Jan 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Lyon are in financial difficulties. An increased bid may just force their hand. Why not go for £13m or £14m and get Grenier and Gomis? Grenier gives us the Cabaye replacement, and Gomis gives us a solid back up player, certainly an upgrade to Ameobi, and then we don’t have to have Armstrong on the bench.

  • toonluvva

    Jan 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #35


    Interesting post. If we are a club that is taking on young players and developing their talent into CL potentials it raises a couple of possibilities:-

    1 Pardew will be able to claim that it is through his coaching abilities that we are nuturing these players.

    2 Ashley might come to believe that Pardew is now “irreplaceable” and extend his contract for another 8 years.

    Thought you might like to mull this over until after the transfer deadline.

    Don’t have nightmares.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Jan 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #36

    The word “undisclosed” was created exactly for M.A and his puppets on a string, to avoid having to declare exactly how much he has pitifully bid for those players we have been linked with, now and previously.

    Under this regime, all weve got to look forward to is total anonymity.


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