It’s Not Easy To Say No To A Big Club Like Newcastle

Clement Grenier’s  agent Frederic Guerra has come out and explained why his client will be staying with the French club at least through the end of the season.

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Clement Grenier – not coming in January

We had reported earlier yesterday on the fact the deal was dead and that Grenier had decided not to join Newcastle this month.

This is what Frederic Guerra told the sport website le10sport:

“It’s not easy to say no to a big club like Newcastle, but with Clément we have finally decided to stay at Lyon.”

“Six months out from the World Cup, is a hasty departure just days before the end of the transfer market a good option? It’s not a certainty. Lyon are starting to find their true colours and Clément didn’t want to leave the club during the season.”

“The conditions of his departure weren’t creating a favourable context for his development. Clément would be arriving at Newcastle not as Clément Grenier but as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye.”

“I have the greatest respect for the quality of player that Cabaye is, deserving of everything that is said about him. However, as Clément Grenier’s agent I am obliged to say: is Clément worth just half what Yohan Cabaye is?”

“Above all the reasons which have led us to decline the offer from Newcastle, the conditions of the deal didn’t seem fair to Clément.”

This has not been a good week for Newcastle, having sold their best player Yohan Cabaye, and now with less than a day to go in this January transfer window, we have not replaced him.

The best chance seems to be to bring in 22 year-old Serbian International Filip Duricic, whose agent has said he has been in talks with Alan Pardew this week,about Filip joining this month – that means today.

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9 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #1

    There are clubs which refuse to sell players till they get their replacement or close to getting their player. Especially on the last few days of a transfer window.

    While we knew of Cabaye departure since September and JFK did a sweet f all and now we are finding a player to be the scapegoat of a useless bid(Mark Noble). What a joke.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Big Club – LOL

  • Our Toon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Well this is why players must be bought in the summer window and not the winter window!! The build from some on here was that this window we get value for money, yes last winter window we did well but there is a reason why all clubs bulk but in summer window and emergency buy in this window

    Sky reporting offer for Grenier was around £8m, haha no wonder it was undisclosed offer, absolute joke….let the penny pinching begin

  • AaranD

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, I’d be interested into what the club have to say about the Cabaye saga. He clearly states that there was an agreement, since the summer!

  • AaranD

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #5

    People were reporting that bid last weekend though, I thought a substantial 2nd offer had been submitted this week… GOD DAMN YOU TRANSFER WINDOW AND YOUR CONFUSING WAYS!!

  • darrylwe

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #6

    “It’s not easy to say no to a big club like Newcastle” my arse, everyone has no for the last 12 months. The Cabaye bit is just bollocks, cash talks and we didn’t put enough up. PS I don’t buy the Duricic stry either. “Judge me on my signings.” Joe – we do.

  • whatsup

    Jan 31, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Very easy to say no to the clowns who are representing the big club though and the low wage offers no doubt

  • toonbrother

    Jan 31, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    Comment #8


  • Toon666

    Jan 31, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Well the line that sticks out for me is:

    “However, as Clément Grenier’s agent I am obliged to say: is Clément worth just half what Yohan Cabaye is?”

    Basically the agent has decided he wants a bigger fee for selling this player, and has convinced Grenier that it is better for him to wait until the “time is right”.

    Agent hoping the player’s fee goes up after the World Cup and he can make an extra million or 2.


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