We are a little concerned about Newcastle’s move for Clement Grenier last week, and the words of his agent Frederic Guerra, who seemed even miffed by the bid Newcastle had put in for his client – which was around half of what Newcastle received from PSG for Yohan Cabaye.
Clement Grenier – Newcastle may have damaged their chances
This is what Frederic Guerra told the sports website le10sport on Thursday afternoon, after they had told both Newcastle and Lyon that Grenier did not want to move to Newcastle in January:
“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.”
“The conditions of his departure weren’t creating a favorable context for his development. Clement would be arriving at Newcastle not as Clement Grenier but as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye.”
“I have the greatest respect for the quality of a player that Cabaye is, deserving of everything that is said about him – however, as Clement Grenier’s agent I am obliged to say: is Clement 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 Clement.”
It’s those last two paragraphs that concern us, and it seems Newcastle were just not willing to pay that little bit extra for Grenier, and maybe one or two million pounds more would have sealed the deal.
But once again Mike Ashley has his own valuation of the player and he rarely goes above that – and this time it means we have no replacement for Yohan Cabaye for half a season.
There’s something wrong with that somehow, and our approach for the player last week may have damaged our chances of getting him in over the summer.
We’ll know soon enough this summer, when Newcastle and Alan Pardew will essentially have to rebuild the side again, and Graham Carr’s scouting will again be paramount on deciding which players Newcastle will go after.
Until then our chances of making Europe this year have been damaged by what happened last week.
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