Newcastle went after both Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier in January, in at an attempt to replace the departed Yohan Cabaye, but Joe Kinnear was unsuccessful with both players, and both targets decided to stay at their respective clubs – Montpellier and Lyon.
Clement Grenier - staying at Lyon?
Clement was and is trying to get into the French squad for the World Cup in JUne, and he thought it would hurt his chances to move to Newcastle.
Remy Cabella wanted to help out Montpellier, who at the time were struggling against relegation – and that’s no longer the case.
Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas was involved almost every week in the press when Newcastle were trying to sign striker Bafe Gomis last summer, and what a soap opera that turned out to be.
And Aulas has come out today and said this about Grenier to Telefoot;
“Of course Clement will be with us next season, 100%, that is a yes.” “There is no exit for Clement.”
Of course there are always games being played in the transfer market, and especially by club Presidents in France, when Newcastle are interested in one of their players,
So that statement by Aulas could be an initial gambit to get the price up for his player.
But if Grenier is allowed to move then Newcastle will still face tough competition from some big clubs, and it seems more likely the Magpies will be able to sign 24 year-old Cabella, than 23 year-old Clement Grenier.
Of course we need both play-makers to join Newcastle in the summer, to make up for the loss of Yohan Cabaye, but that could prove to be difficult.
What do you think?
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