Newcastle May Find It Difficult To Get Top Transfer Targets


It seems that two of Newcastle’s top two transfer targets this summer will be two of the players we tried to get on Tyneside in January, Lyon play-maker Clement Grenier and Montpellier winger Remy Cabella.

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Clement Grenier – Newcastle transfer target in summer

In fact both players in late January said they didn’t want to join Newcastle, but it was more a case of not wanting to join half way through the season, and in Grenier’s case it was because he still hopes to book a place in France’s World Cup squad for Brazil in the summer.

For Remy Cabella it was because he wanted to stay at Montpellier to help them avoid relegation, and at the time they were close to the bottom of the French League.

Currently Montpellier are 15th of the 20 teams, and are 6 points above third bottom Valenciennes, so they are not fully cleat of the danger of relegation, after winning the French League for the first time two years ago.

At the end of January Grenier’s agent Frederic Guerra explained why his player didn’t want to leave Lyon:

“It is not easy to say no to a big club like Newcastle, but alongside Clement, we have agreed that he will remain at Lyon.”  “Clement is trying to make his game even richer and he is showing that in his matches. With just six months until the World Cup would a departure from his current club be a good idea? I do not think so at all.”

“The conditions of his departure would not have allowed Clement to flourish.” “He would have arrived at Newcastle, not as Clement Grenier, but as Yohan Cabaye’s replacement.”  “I have the utmost respect for the quality of Cabaye, who deserves everything that has happened to him. Is Clement really worth half of Yohan Cabaye?

“All these reasons led us to decline the offer of Newcastle, the conditions of the deal did not seem fair to me vis-à-vis Clement.”

Clement is a top young player and very similar to Yohan Cabaye, and a better player at 23 than Cabaye was,  and the Lyon player is an expert at free kicks, has plenty of vision, but there will not be other top clubs after the player, who only turned 23 in January.

Two clubs who were linked with the player last December were Liverpool and Arsenal, and if either of those clubs go after the midfielder this summer, Newcastle could well miss out.

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Remy Cabella – another Newcastle target

Newcastle failed to get Cabella in January and one of the reasons was that Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin, who doesn’t like Newcastle – and that’s an understatement – said he didn’t want to sell his best player in this financial year – but Cabella will be available in the summer.

Nicollin will advise Remy to sign with a club more ambitious than Newcastle, and he’s already said that in the French press – but he also said the same thing fourteen months ago to Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, but his captain still signed for Newcastle.

Manchester United and Arsenal are two clubs said to be keen to sign Cabella this summer, so if that’s true we could find that competition tough.

And in late January it was even reported we had agreed a deal for the Montpellier winger, but with Joe Kinnear being fired in February, we cannot imagine he was successful in getting a pre-contract deal agreed in January for Cabella.

These two very good players are still Newcastle’s top targets in the summer, but we may find it difficult to get them in, if those other bigger clubs are also interested in the two Frenchmen.

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136 comments so far

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Lyon haven’t done so well this year, Montpellier are now clear of relegation but low in the table. Every chance they’d come if a) we bid a decent amount b) we offer a decent wage c) finish 7-8th d) get a proper DOF in to persuade.

    A CB to replace Taylor (Caulker?), a young RB, a playmaking CM (Grenier?), a winger (Cabella?) and 2 strikers are needed (Gomis, Ings?). In reality we’ll get 2-3 players and some loans.

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  • Graeme

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Nicollin is right, unfortunately; we are an unambitious club as has been clearly demonstrated over 6 years, other than the lucky 5th place season.

    Grenier’s agent is also probably correct, but I think there is still a slim chance we could coax him to SJP. All it needs is a skillful negotiator, a DOF perhaps, to convince him its a good move for him. The only problem is we dont have such an animal on the SJP Roster – no doubt his arrival will be the catalyst to start our recruitment campaign – so look for his arrival in mid August then!!

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  • mag

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashley the 15th richest man in the UK, worth an estimated 3.3 billion pounds needs to spend big this summer and get shot of the nutter manager.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #4

    with cabrella didn’t they not wanna sell him cos they would have to pay so much tax due to who they sold in the summer

    also give the things said in jan buy his dad and that I think the deal is done but this is the toon and I hope but I believe nowt till I see them at the gates with the shirt on

    not seen much of danny ings seen a few goals on the league show and they weren’t bad but he has 31 goals in 81 games and at 21 could be a good buy if he can step up

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  • Graeme

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Mag, it doesnt make the slightest difference, he aint here to spend his own money, he is here to make it.
    We may spend a small portion of the tv money or, more likely, some of the Cabaye money.
    Its also very likely he will do nothing at all, see how we go after finishing 7-8th. If we are in bottom 6 come January, there may well be some signings at that point to ensure we stay in the Prem.

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  • guvnor

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    After yesterday’s show the team needs a good old sorting out most aren’t up to it and need moved out 72% of the play and only one goal scored shockin!

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  • toonluvva

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7

    We won’t get anyone decent because Ashley won’t pay out for them.

    He has discovered the joy of on loan players, which is similar to his zero hour contract policy at Sports Direct.

    Mid league mediocrity for us next season. If we are lucky!

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #8

    guvnor

    72% possession yes but 80% of that was side ways or going back is that the fault of the players
    or the tactics laid out by the manager

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  • guvnor

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Old tight wad ash makes a grim picture for the Toon he should shape up or ship out the miserable twonk all those readies and he’ll not spend out on decent talent.

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  • rex

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #10

    The mean chap

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Graeme…I fear it will be one tough summer for us mate 🙁

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  • JDdubai

    Mar 23, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Lyon havent done well??? They are challenging for champions league qualification when their aims were similar to ours. Plus in europa league 1/4, plus their cup final…

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Or we could just pull out all the stops and go after Nile Ranger! Huzzah! 😯

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #14

    I think Swindon would let Nile go for some hair gel and a small pile of budgie feathers!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Watching Stoke and Villa. That Pieters fella looks decent. Wish we had gotten him now. Don’t know what’s going to happen to Santon. Why he’s been played on the left side is beyond me as he can’t cross with his left foot and everyone knows he has to cut inside onto his right foot.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Where is Xisco playing now? Just think, if we don’t get Cabella and Grenier in the summer we could possible have Ranger and Xisco up front for much less money! I’ll mention it to Mike during our next tete a tete. Beuatiful.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #17

    G2
    is that erik pieters

    he was constantly injured then we got santon
    we wont get another left back we have dummett and hadiara I can see santon being sold in the summer

    he wont play back up to debuchy but if we sell debuchy we might move him to the right

    not a fan of mbiwa out there he don’t look right out there he is ok in the middle though

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Mike has let me know he only has a budget of 150 quid for the summer. I’m providing the budgie feathers.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Aye beermonkey it is Erik Pieters mate. He did have an ankle injury but he looks fine now and is adjusting well to the Prem. I just think Santon will never be a decent left back. I think the jury is still out on Dummett and we don’t get to see Haidara enough to know where he is in his development now.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesper mate can you donate some hair gel so we can make a proper bid for Ranger? It would mean so much to Mike. 🙂

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #21

    That Montpellier president doesn’t he look like that Aussie newspaper editor what’s his name Darran or Darryl

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #22

    G2,
    I don’t know what happened with Pieters, I was really looking forward to signing him, what with him being the WC finalists new regular LB, the fact he could play CB as well made him the perfect signing, listening to Total sport one night and John Anderson said he was nailed on to sign later that week, what happened in the negotiations, god only knows.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #23

    A lot of you are worried about Mike underspending this summer. But what happens if he goes wild and overspends? Say he gets beyond 200 pounds. Anything could happen. We could end up with a midfield of Larry the Cable Guy and Pierce Hawthorne. 😯

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Beermonkey,
    If being injured from February to May means you are constantly injured then I suppose he was, if you were drunk from nine till two one night, would you be constantly drunk.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #25

    G2,
    I don’t think overspending will be an issue this summer !, don’t worry, we won’t do a Leeds.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #26

    I just want to repeat my full confidence in Mike SmallBerries going forward. This is the owner for us! This is a man who fondles his own nipples. He spends no less than 4 minutes each week thinking about his football club. He’s an avid budgie tweeker. His whippets are all overweight. I think more of you should get behind him as I have. Harrumph.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #27

    G2
    although fullback is a position I prefer a natural footed player there
    santon played pretty well at the beginning of the season then tailed of till he was awful most of our players are so inconsistent, the only thing in common is the training, we bought in that faye bird and things looked good at the start but how has benny been allowed to eat all the pies after 10mins yest he huffing like shola

    there is something wrong in our training and fitness programs

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #28

    As Official Blog Hobbit I must demand more respect from you all for Mike Smalls He is our leader after all. He’s got sex appeal. He’s got pizzazz (did I spell that right?). He is deeply spiritual. He wears stretchy pants. What more can I say?

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  • Sazzer

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #29

    beermonkey
    Despite mostly sideways and backwards we still managed to fire 20 shots that’s around the same Barcelona does on a good day. Difference of course is that they usually score 3 goals when they have stats like we did against Palace.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #30

    We have been suspicious about our training for quite a while. Look at Jonas last year. He looked overweight like Benny does now. Who is tracking these lads weight? Ridiculous at this point in the season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh I am worried jail mate. I can see it happening. Two hundred quid being flung about as if it’s nothing! New suspenders for Mike, a spiff trilby for Alan. That money will disappear quickly!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #32

    G2…of course mate 😉

    …some of that sticky green or purple stuff right?

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  • toon kk

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Mash has been putting money away in his piggy bank for year’s, he’ll smash it in the summer, take out his hard saved £200 and spend big.
    So expect major changes in the coming transfer window. Well at least he can pay JFK’s phone bill, he ran up a large amount speaking to so many managers all around the world! !!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #34

    I’ll be back in a jiffy!

    …tugging junior in!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Yes, we had better take no chances jesper mate. Send both colours. Have you got any spare nipple clamps as well? No wait don’t send those, Mike would just keep them for himself.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36

    jail

    pieters was on his way back from long term injury when we were looking to buy him then he picked up another couple of smaller injuries which is pretty normal
    constantly might have been the wrong word but he was out for the best part of a year with injuries

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Who will be in charge of being overweight for next season? Is Tiote up to the task? Driving around in that fancy vehicle of his all summer, eating meat pies. A pot belly and a Mohawk for the new season! Beautiful.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #38

    Who feels that Mike Smalls isn’t getting a fair shake on here? Come on, out with it. Who are you and what do you have to say for yourself? 😯

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Stoke are beating Villa easily. Villa are an odd team. They beat Chelsea one week and then lose to Stoke at home? It’s 1-4 now!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Dear Mike Smalls
    Speaking on behalf of your adoring supporters I would like to apologize for some of the more disrespectful comments that show up on here from time to time. Thee will be no more talk of stretchy pants. No more making fun of your dominatrix. No more sneaky comments about tight thongs. You have our full support as we have had yours over the years.
    Yours with a wheedling snivel.
    Geordie Two
    Official Blog Hobbit.

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