Newcastle will need to bring in some creative players in the summer, since we seem to have none of them in the side at the moment, and Newcastle also need to replace Yohan Cabaye, who in our wisdom we let go half-way through the season and didn’t replace him, and now we are struggling without the French International.
Remy Cabella – Montpellier midfielder
Newcastle tried to get Remy in during January, and there was even news that we had reached a deal for the Montpellier midfielder, but their 70 year-old Chairman Louis Nicollin, who hates Newcastle, said that he didn’t want to sell the player in January, because he didn’t want to pay big taxes in France during this financial year.
And Remy also wanted to help Montpelier in their relegation fight, and at the time they were around 5th bottom of the French League, and after winning 2-1 at Guingamp on Saturday they are now 8th bottom and 9 points above third bottom Valenciennes.
Remy turned 24 last month, and is the kind of creative midfielder Newcastle need next season, and he has been at Montpellier for his whole career and played 104 times for them with 24 goals and 17 assists.
And he has had a very good season with 29 appearances, 10 goals and 6 assists, and there was news a couple of weeks ago that Newcastle were back in negotiations with Montpellier and trying to make a deal for the player – but he could cost around £12M.
Remy has played 17 times for the France U21 side with 4 goals, and he would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.
Clement Grenier – Lyon play-maker
Newcastle tried to get Clement in during January as a direct replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who we sold to PSG for around £20M, but Newcastle (Joe Kinnear) couldn’t get the deal done.
And one of the reasons was that Clement wanted to get into the French squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and didn’t want to change clubs half-way through the season, which is understandable.
But Newcastle could have some difficulty getting this lad in over the summer, because other bigger clubs may become interested in the 23 year-old – who is an excellent technical player.
And his style is not unlike that of Yohan with one of his specialties is his free kick taking, and like Cabella he would not come cheap and could cost around £10M or even more than that.
Clement has played for all the France Youth sides, and three times for the full France team, and he’s been at Lyon since back in 2002, when he was 11 years old.
Grenier has played a total of 123 times for Lyon with 16 goals ans 23 assists, and this season he has made 38 appearances in all competitions with 7 goals and 7 assists.
It would be terrific if we can both players to Newcastle this summer, because we need some creativity and class in the team for next season.
What do you think?