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Club President – Newcastle Target Staying At Lyon

9:22 am, Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 62 Comments

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.

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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?

Comment welcome.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Apr 18, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    average player anyway. his freekick highlights make him look much better than he really is.

  • 2 catchy in norway // Apr 18, 2014 at 9:43 AM


    serious question

    no is the correct answer

    will we active in the summer, yes, but probably not with anyone we have been linked with,

    pardew needs older players that just do a job, stick to his plan, and they will be fine
    which goes against the clubs policy

  • 3 theartfuldodger // Apr 18, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Pardew spouting bullshit to lift the gloom.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Apr 18, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    He has spouted BS since he got here, we have heard all this pre season sh1te before, it goes from four or five and decreases every month, the bloke is without a shred of decency.
    I remember the grief I got for highlighting our deficiencies that summer of 2011 simply because we went on that great run of eleven games unbeaten, all the players brougyt in weren’t even adding to the squad they were cheaper (the great Obertan being the exception) and not necessarily better replacements except Ba wasn’t Carrolls replacement but the striker that should have been signed before AC was sold, that summer we also signed an injured Santon and an injured Marveaux, it’s funny that after that ‘great’ window, the only two players to make an impact have since been sold.

  • 5 Ron Knee // Apr 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    How can you make an informed prediction on tomorrow’s match if you don’t know whether Rémy & Debuchy will be playing or not?

  • 6 theartfuldodger // Apr 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    “We have a tough job this summer. The group is feeling down and we need to do something to motivate them. A number of players will be leaving and many more need to be got in. We generally have trouble getting plyers over the line but this time we will need to have more targets. I would request Mike to make the necessary investment for us to push on into top 6.”

    How hard is it to say something like that. Completely honest.

  • 7 Graeme // Apr 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Artfull @ 6 – “Completely Honest”?

    You do realise they are talking about NUFC, Pardew, MA? They have no concept of what that statement actually means!!

  • 8 JAMSHA // Apr 18, 2014 at 10:19 AM


  • 9 BeeGuy // Apr 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    AP’s statements about transfers are about the same as his coaching tactics: fictional.

  • 10 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 18, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Aston villa lined up for sale!

    oh well.

  • 11 RonVanDam // Apr 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Our best summer signing should be a new manager. I wouldn’t mind Uwe Rösler from Wigan. Could be our alternative to Brendon Rodgers. He will get more out of our squad than pardew has in three years

  • 12 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Heard Freddy shepherd’s interview on Talk sport.

    The guy talks more garbage than anyone else.

    My goodness.

    Are all tynesiders all gullible.

  • 13 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    having watched grenier a number of times recently i hope he does not come here. a 6 ft 2 version of marv who may as well be 4 ft no physicality,drifts in and out of games.anyone who thinks he takes good deadballs ought to watch him against montpellier – worse than dummet. been out injured for a few weeks and lyon appear better without him .who had the final say on him and ldj

  • 14 theartfuldodger // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Has Pardew ever publicly asked Mike Ashley specifically to spend for players ??

  • 15 Ancientcoptic // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    I cannot believe some of the nonsense Pardew is coming out with recently. The last time I wanted a manager out this badly, it was when Dalglish was here. I never thought we would get to the Dalglish levels of low again, but here we are, Pardew unable to play possession or attacking football & transfers being a waste of time on this ‘manager.’

    Pardew does not know how long Ben Arfa has left on his contract, how can a ‘MANAGER’ not know this? He also seems to think we have a good chance of keeping Remy because Remy has been able to score goals while he has been here… nice idea in fantasy land where players play at clubs they perform at, but in reality players have ambition and want paid the going rate. If we cannot match QPR in wages for Remy, what is it going to be like when a Spurs or Arsenal come in for him this summer. I have my doubts that even if Remy would take his current wages, that Ashley would give QPR what they want for Remy. If QPR would take 10 million, Ashley would offer 8 and stand firm, then lose the deal. This is what we would have to look forward too, if by some miracle Remy lost his sanity and wanted to stay.

    There is nobody Pardew can blame here but himself, he has consistently underperformed. The one good season we had, we were outplayed in most games and sneaked lucky wins because of the form of Ba, then the incoming Cisse. It was nothing to do with good football, more so to do with Pardew getting lucky with the form and fitness of a few players, who put in individual moments to win games. The goal difference at our club since Pardew has been here says it all.

    The majority of the people that read this blog probably know more about the club, players, potential transfers and contracts etc than Pardew does… and I am not saying that for shock effect, I believe that.

  • 16 Marty-Toon // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Pardew was very carefull in his interview.
    I don’t want to mention a number he says,cause he maybe wants seven players and will get three as usual,not being backed and unable to get players over the big thick line because of underpricing them and not wanting to pay the price that others end up doing.
    If you didn’t notice IM WELL FED UP WITH THIS LOT

  • 17 ochytoon // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    So it seems we didn’t bid for this guy in January… What a surprise

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I think our days of getting quality players like Cabaye etc in under the radar are long gone thanks to pardew and the football grapevine.

    I would think the reports going back to France are ” don’t touch us” with this manager. He can seriously ruin your career.

    How pardew has the gall to now try and play the Bobby Robson card on top of now saying the fans are fair in their criticism after blaming the press makes me feel physically sick and my skin crawl.

    You can’t buy class like SBR had in spades. SBR would not eff and blind at a well respected manager or headbutt a player. Pardew, like his boss will never have any class. It’s the one thing all their money can’t buy.

  • 19 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Pardew drops to his knees and does whatever Ashley wants.

    Interpret that which ever creative way you’d like.

  • 20 guvnor // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Pardew talks more crap than jail for Ashley and that takes some doing.

  • 21 theartfuldodger // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    He talks like he owns the tranfer part. He does not seperate his management from transfer dealings. He talks as if he is responsible for transfers.

    WHY ??????????

    Why not say Id like Ashley to get 7 players and let someone else speak on behalf of transfers as they happen or dont happen.

  • 22 guvnor // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Grenier doesn’t look any better than we already have, plodder isn’t qualified to work with decent players.

  • 23 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Alan Pardew should dedicate this losing run of 11/16 and scoring 9 goals in 2014 to Mike Ashley too.

  • 24 theartfuldodger // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    And he is buoyed by targets identified.

    Heres the list :

    Im buoyed too. No1 comes in the end.

  • 25 guvnor // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Pardew has absolutely no shame, he’s now talking about Remy maybe staying put.

  • 26 spitfire_ // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Don’t want this Grenier guy. He was too afraid of Cabaye’s ghost in Newcastle. I prefer Cabella but this is not gonna happen.

  • 27 Ancientcoptic // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    We were not a shambles in the last transfer window. I have no doubt we could have got Cabella & Grenier and loaned them back to their respective clubs until the end of the season, as a gesture of good will. The only sticking point with these players and their clubs was that they needed to see the season out together, it seemed obvious to me. Well, we all know why those deals could not happen… because the club would actually have to spend money, spending money and pretending you are going to spend money are two different things.

    Then we have this new Aguero (Angel Correa) popping up at San Lorenzo, who has the world’s best clubs chasing after him. This is a club that was practically begging us for Colo, but did not have any money. Why did we not offer a swap deal in the last window, or set up a deal for the summer. Even if we have to add money to that deal, and loan the player out to get his work permit, we would be onto something. This is a player expected to be seen playing for Man City or Barcelona in future.

    We are not going to sign any players of quality anymore, our form is too bad, and our manager is notorious for destroying flair.

    Time to look around the lower leagues of Europe… championship, ligue 2, serie B, la liga segunda.

  • 28 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    We didn’t sell cabaye so that we could waste the money on new signings.

  • 29 guvnor // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Come the summer the team will be filled with cheap shirt fillers and maybe one or two decent money signings to placate the fans fury and then it’s business as usual.

  • 30 theartfuldodger // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Every friday before the game Pardew spouts enough crap to have us commenting on it. That is followed by a crap game. Which is followed by crap reaction from Pardew. Monday even more crap from the same guy and next day one or the other player comments on how bad they were. Midweek we are told some transfer crap.
    Intermittently journalists press and fans vent their frustration with Pardew out, Ashley out, new manager etc.

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Marty Toon,

    Not defending Ashley in anyway whatsoever but when Ash bought in those 6 player in the January I bet none of them thought that :-

    1) Gouffran a striker would become a defensive left mid.

    2) MYM a CB would be become a right back or on the bench

    3) Sissoko – a box to box CM would become a right winger

    4) Haidara – a very highly thought of actual left full back would become 3rd choice behind Dummet !

    5) Debuchy like Cabaye has always been and is good in spite of Pardew not because of him

    6) M’babu previously rave reviews but barely even makes the U-21’s these days

    Add to that, that after losing our playmaker Cabaye, Ben Arfa is played in short cameos out of position and asked to track back more than create, Marveaux depite having more assists than Cabaye is banished and the promising Abeid isn’t even in the country!

    Only a truly s–t manager could wreak that kind of havoc.

  • 32 Ancientcoptic // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I think I know where all the money is going.

    The upgrades for the training ground, that will probably cost around 40 million… you know how expensive it is to build a swimming pool, buy weights and plant new grass new days.

    This new ‘state of the art’ (try not to laugh) will be completed by around 2016… did they even get the permission to start building it yet?

    Anyways – yes, upgrades to the training ground… we are going places fast.

    Can I get a round of applause for Gillian at Wonga and Wonga itself, for all the fantastic work they are doing. We appreciate our football stadium and strips being emblazoned with the name of a shameful pay-day loan shark company that prays on the poor. Special mention for all the great work they are doing in the community, and picking the North East specifically to take part in their predatory practises. The biggest salute must go to Mike Ashley for making it all happen, we couldn’t do it without you big man. Enjoy that free advertising you are getting, you deserve it because you switched our loans over to yourself. I know I appreciated our owner switching the debt, giving him authoritarian type powers at the club… we would have ended up like Portsmouth without him you know.

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM


    A deal like that would just make way too much sense for NUFC !!

    Plus by no I should think colo would tell that young lad to run a mile from us!!

  • 34 guvnor // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Look at pardews management record it’s a calamity,What Ashley sees in him is puzzling, he’s been here four seasons and it feels like twenty the football is diabolical there’s not one truly great player in the whole squad and certainly non will be allowed to come through under this guy.

  • 35 Marty-Toon // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I agree with ya that he doesn’t know his Ar#e from his elbow.
    He has used Sissoko on the right instead of the middle although Sissoko has been great there he probably would be better used in the middle with his size and power.
    He could’ve easily played players in their right positions if he knew how to train players properly.
    A right footed winger on the right and a left footed winger on the left like other teams do would be a good start.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM


    yes no dedications to mike when we lose lol

    maybe because a win is such a rare occasion it needs to be dedicated to the man whose keeping this league 1 charlatan and chancer in a job.

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM


    the tragic thing is 52000 will think Remy staying is gospel and sign up for more heartache and misery.

  • 38 guvnor // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    What’s Pardews ambition as he doesn’t want to advance in any cup competitions and the Premier league isn’t an option, so what’s his motivation?

  • 39 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Alan PArdew should go back to basics!

    If he knew what they are/were

  • 40 Marty-Toon // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    What he’s done with a quality player like Mbiwa is shocking,Gouffran and Ben Arfa used as defensive wingers too :-(
    Must say in his defense is that the Man City,Liverpool wingers also are expected to cover the wing backs and do it well.
    Ben Arfa does show little effort in getting the ball back but lacks quality movement around him when attacking.

  • 41 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Matt Spiro ?@mattspiro 5m
    #PSG, #Monaco, #MCFC, #CFC, #ACMilan also following Toulouse’s €10m-rated right-back Serge Aurier, according to France Football #AFC #TFC

  • 42 guvnor // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Rotonda once bitten twice shy is beginning to take a hold on many fans.

  • 43 elpaso_geordie // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    I reckon we will get both Colback and Bardsley from them down the road on frees

    Debeuchy 100% will be leaving, need a right back and Bardsley is a Pardew player if I ever seen one

  • 44 Marty-Toon // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    We won’t be goin after many known names,Graham Carr is gonna be digging up cheap unknown quality 2nd division Spanish and French league players I’d say.
    Players that can grow at Nufc AP will say,LOL

  • 45 guvnor // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Mark Noble will be on the list because pardews always talking him up,he’ll build a team fit for the Championship where he feels comfortable.

  • 46 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Wrote an article on who should be Manager of the season.


    Pulis, Bruce, Rodgers and Martinez. Went for Bruce.

    Wooden sppon for Pardew.

  • 47 joenufc // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I’m black n white through and through and wouldn’t join us if I was a player with ambition would you. However if I was mediocre or just wanting to remain in premier league and my present team is playing in a lesser league or about to be relegated I would join. These mugs have destroyed the appeal of NUFC.

  • 48 oldbobaycliffe // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    with so many players leaving what with contracts running out possible sales who would you keep to build a team around taking in the recent run of defeats.the only ones i would keep are krul debuchy and tiote which comes as no surprise as all 3 have been linked with a move

  • 49 Marty-Toon // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Can’t see them getting the fans back on their side To be honest,I think we’ve been through the mill with thus regime now and the fans are really fed up and won’t listen to lies anymore unless they see the proof of MA coughing up some serious cash.
    That won’t happen
    I expect to see many fans leave early on Saturday when we fall behind and many thousands of empty seats at season start.
    Can’t see how things will get better myself.

  • 50 guvnor // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    It’s no use skirting around the facts, Pardews not fit for purpose the team has no direction or incentives. The football isn’t what’s expected at Newcastle United.

  • 51 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    No NUFC player in the shortlist for PFA Player of the year or PFA young player of the year.

    Alan Pardew blames Local and National Press

  • 52 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    It doesn’t matter how much cash is coughed up, when you have a manager who isn’t qualified to be managing technical players, the end result will still be poor.

    He had his 5 players the other January and he still relied on Swansea and Bosingwa to save us from relegation.

    A lot of managers work on tight budgets, albeit not an ridiculous as ours, but more can get the team playing well.

    Ashley out, Pardew out.

  • 53 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    The Best of Pardew for me was

    When he gave good old go for 20 mins against Benfica.

    Played Bigirimana on the right for the first half.

    Valencia and BVB must be grateful he wasn’t their manager.

  • 54 Rotonda heights // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Online guy was saying some players like debuchy, ben arfa etc are refusing to stay if pardew is still manager next season.

    if only he had the decency to walk as KK did when he was england manager and just admit he’s not good enough.

  • 55 Mister Tuff // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Fans should be approaching tomorrows game with enthusiasm and a sense of great expectation. Oh- forgot to say I’m not talking about the football but two magnificent spectacles to be experienced courtesy of that philanthropic company called Wonga.
    Event 1. Unfurling of Wongas’ massive NUFC flag -it will surf over the crowd -whoopee. This giant flag will not cause health and safety issues that small individual flags and banners could cause.
    Event 2. Half time entertainment – the giant Zorb race presented by Wonga. Two giant,transparent zorbs will have a race down the pitch -one will contain a NUFC fan and the other a Swans fan – the prize is 250 notes. Wow -what a spectacular.
    So there we are -something to look forward to.

  • 56 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Predictions for tomorrow ?

    3 nil to Swansea Debuchy to get sent off

  • 57 Rotonda heights // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM


    I could easily take defeat tomorrow if it meant another nail in Pardew’s coffin. Let’s face it we’ve go used to it. I think if there is one team we can beat it’s Swansea though, as they seem to be having their own internal problems and in-fighting.

    HD saying that villa are up for sale. Imagine the joy if it had been us.

  • 58 Rotonda heights // Apr 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    mister tuff

    Doesn’t that just encapsulate what a tacky, trashy, no class slapper and queen chav of a club, only famous for a pair of falsies we’ve become!!

  • 59 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM


    Yeah the problem is Swansea are quite easy to play against if you press them high and dont let them settle but Pardew always seems to sit back against them and try hit them on the counter and it rarely works

    I feel Debuchy will be trying his best tomorrow as he has just back from injury and will just lose the rag with a dodgy tackle and be sent off gives Pardew an excuse for when we get completely dominated

    Its a sad state of affairs at our club we should have a team and manager capable of playing Swansea off the park with attacking football … god I hate Ashley and Pardew !!! THE FANS DESERVE BETTER!!

  • 60 Mister Tuff // Apr 18, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    RT – the fans should grab the flag crumple it up and dump it on the ground.
    As far as the zorb race goes it would not surprise me if the chosen participants have been chosen with great care -on the basis that we do not want a Swans fan to win the race -thus giving their fans confidence for the second half. Personal qualities of the combatants;-
    Toon -fan – body builder, massive muscles and is expert in endurance races and tri-athlons.16 stone of solid muscle.
    Swans fan — 4 foot tall dwarf with a gammy leg.
    Victory at half time for the Toon.

    Link to Zorb article:-

  • 61 toonbrother // Apr 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM


  • 62 theartfuldodger // Apr 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Marty Toon,

    That post about us not getting known names is bang on.

    I dont see any players at decent foreign clubs like ajax,marseille,benfica etc wanting to come to us.
    Its only unknown players with no better options who can be tempted by the wages and aura of PL.

    The other option is to go for PL players like Colback etc who wudnt get into the top 6 sides leaving us to challenge everton and s’ton for his signature. This option is valid only this season as next season we will be piss poor battling relegation.

    The last option is has-beens who we have followed for some time but they dint come to us and now are underperforming at their new clubs. For me this is the most risky. eg Luuk de Jong

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