Clement Grenier Talking To Newcastle – He’s Keen On Move


There was a report in the People on Sunday from Alan Oliver, the former Chronicle sports reporter,  that Clement Grenier has indeed been talking to Newcastle United about a potential move to the Magpies, and this is in line with the news a couple of days ago that Newcastle were indeed back in for the talented 23 year-old  3 times capped French International, who is in the 23 man French squad for the World Cup; in Brazil next month.

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Clement Grenier – talking to Newcastle

Sources in France told People Sport the following:

“Like Cabaye, Grenier can play right-midfield, as an attacking midfielder and in the hole.” “He has been talking to the Newcastle lads at the French World Cup training camp, and he is keen to go to St James’ Park.”

“But his agent will demand wages that he feels are appropriate for a player who is going to Brazil.”

It looks like our three Frenchmen at the World Cup – Debuchy, Sissoko and Remy (and maybe Yohan  too?) are helping to get Grenier to Newcastle, and that’s always good to hear.

Wages will be the challenge for Newcastle, and we need to offer the young play-maker a decent wage to move to Newcastle, and this lad is such a promising player, we think he would be a great acquisition for the club.

And with close to £80M (it’s 60M to £100M depending essentially on the position in the Premier League) every May, our revenues will increase quite significantly.

And the £79.5M we got earlier this month is close to £40M more than we received from  the PL last year, and that’s due to the massively increased money being paid out by TV for the Premier League games over the next three years.

Newcastle should be able to increase the wage bill significantly, while keeping the wages at a constant percentage of revenues., and that’s going to be an advantage that all Premier League clubs will have over their rivals – massive TV money every year.

It seems like Newcastle still have work to go to get Grenier, but this is promising news.

We hope it’s all true.

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190 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    For once please let a story have some truth behind it please. Greneir and Cabella would truly sort out the midfield alongside Sissoko and Mr T.
    More importantly is the Forward department as we all know, Not exactly blessed in this position are we !!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Sweendog,
    From previous, don’t blame Remy?? The bloke came out and said he couldn’t be arsed to play as the game meant nothing. Tell that to Liverpool fans, tell that to the NUFC fans that paid good money to go to the match.

    Could you imagine if Liverpool had sneaked the title and Remy came out with this, saying the manager agreed not to play him cause he couldn’t be bothered. I’d be fuming if I was a City fan.

    Yeah, Ashley has his issues, and we all know them well, but while he was under contract here, and being paid very well to play football then I couldn’t give two hoots if he thinks it is a nothing game. If the club have a game and he is fit, he plays.

    Pardew again demonstrating what a weak manager he is. Is Remy going to stay because we pandered to his desires? Course not. If he didn’t want to pick him after Remy said he didn’t want to play, then come out and say the reason why, be a man and grow a pair.

    I hope the club come out and give some sort of response, and indicate if we could still be bothered to pay him seen as he couldn’t be bothered to play.

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  • kimbo

    May 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    These players will only come to Newcastle as a last resort. As Remy may of said staying at Newcastle would be “stagnation”.
    Why would any decent player come to Newcastle?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Alan Oliver? The man who brought us exclusives of NUFC signing Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. I reckon the bloke couldn’t even tell you the truth if you asked him his name.

    Also, since when did Cabaye play right midfield? Pretty certain he has been a centre midfielder of some description all his career.

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  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Kimbo
    Why did Cabs come or Tiote or Debuchy ??
    Ya know what it does my head in when Fans com eout and say “why would anyone want to come here”
    “I hope he this player don’t come because we will ruin him”
    Surely as a fan you would die to see any top player here gracing the hallowed SJP. whether that be for a season or hopefully longer

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  • croftus5678

    May 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    grenier looks the perfect player for everything we are missing in cm (he will bring weaknesses as he’s not fast and not a solid midfielder but he has a very good pass great vision a very good shot and thats everything we are missing).

    @2 lilong

    i agree m8 he’s a great player i cant take that away from him but some things are more important to me than having the best players and thats players who give all for our club and for me this just means he couldnt care less !

    we only want players who want to play for us as we dont want to go back to the owen days.

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  • spitfire_

    May 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    “But his agent will demand wages that he feels are appropriate for a player who is going to Brazil.”

    So he will not coming. Neeeeeeeeeeeeext.

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  • Spoof

    May 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Its a catch 22 situation for me, what I want is too see talented and ambitious players join us to take us to the next level, but with us being as unambitious as we are we will never get them to join, so if someone wants to join us then talented and ambitious cannot be them, like I say catch 22 lol

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  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Croftus
    Agree mate. When we went down half the squad couldn’t give a monkeys about us and soon abandoned ship.
    As said earlier tho we all knew what we were getting when we signed him up on season long loan !

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Croftus,
    The fact the club are still interested in signing him after he couldn’t be arsed to play makes a mockery of their past talk of why they take so long to identify targets. They always go on about having to make sure they have the right attitude, and would fit in the group.

    If they think a lad who couldn’t be bothered to play has the right attitude it beggars belief. Even more worrying is that they would apparently think he fits in with the others.

    Do I want a player with an attitude like that around the bairns coming through?? Not a chance!

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  • jimmysmith

    May 27, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    I could think of only 15 European clubs that I’d say were a definite bigger and better proposition than Newcastle, and not everyone can play for them and interests them. I definitely see us as a legitimate destination for players of the calibre of Grenier and Cabella, even Remy, who might get a game at Arsenal, or Spurs or Liverpool, or might not nail own a place.

    Beautiful club Newcastle, massive support and fantastic stadium. Good players will come if competitive wages are offered and a desire shown by the owner and manager to bring them

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  • Spoof

    May 27, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    jazzyp, the players you mentioned came before a public admittance that mid table with no cup runs is what we are aiming for, if they new then what they know now it’s quite possible that they wouldn’t have came, you cannot deny that since they signed the clubs public image in terms of ambition has seriously declined, that is why we are doubtful to what if any appeal we as a club have, I believe that we are justified in having that doubt.

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  • kimbo

    May 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Response to jazzyp, let us see if Tiote, Debuchy are still Toon players when we start the season. Football is an entertainment business and at present the crap dished up at St James is not fit for purpose. So please give me your reasons for any player coming to Newcastle, don`t say playing in front of the 50k occupied library as the main reason, there is no atmosphere any more!!!!!!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Jazzy,
    Just cause we knew he was a mercenary, doesn’t make it right. The fact Pardew didn’t come out and say it, and instead went with a line about injury makes this even more ridiculous. The club, wrongly, didn’t hang him out to dry when he did it. Now Pardew has been made to look stupid.

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  • Average_Contents

    May 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    On remy

    Apparently he has a “concrete offer” from spuds and as we all know gooners n Liverpool are interested but according to “sauces” his dream move would be chelski lol don’t make me piss!

    He’s good but not in that stratosphere never mind that bracket!

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  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Spoof
    If that is the case mate then Why has Cabella publically come out and said he is interested in a move to the club.
    why is Greneir talking to the French lads on a possible move to Nufc.
    Why did Ben arfa come to Newcastle when we had just been promoted from the championship. Nufc are still a big attractive club mate to a lot of good players out there.
    I agree whole heartedly with you that the Clubs image is tarnished, But I still say we are an attractive proposition for a lot of top players….Whether to be used as a stepping stone as Cabs did or not !!

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  • jimmysmith

    May 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Also, good players have come to Newcastle in recent years and attracted the interest of bigger clubs. Cabaye and Arsenal and PSG, Remy, Debuchey, Krul, Ba, Carroll, Sissoko, Tiote, Santon, even Benny. So there’s plenty of incentive for good young players to come to Newcastle, as plenty have done successfully before them. It’s up to Ashley, Pardew and Charnley to sell the club to players but it’s really should be that hard a sell.

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  • jimmysmith

    May 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Shouldnt

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  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Lilongwe
    I said earlier today mate in a post that if this story is true then Pardew is as much to blame as Remy. The fans deserve better than to have players deciding they cannot be bothered to play because “there is nothing to play for”
    I have said all morning that we are better off with players that give a monkey’s about Nufc than don’t bud

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20

    “wages that he feels are appropriate for a player who is going to Brazil”

    That should be fine, we just released a player who is going to Brazil and was on appropriate wages. We can just offer him Shola’s old deal.

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  • lesh

    May 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Repost from thread before last:

    Yes Charlie in the Gallowgate, you made a very valid point and as was, Shola did what was asked of him.

    However much some fans deride Shola, compared with Remy, his attitude has always been commendable.

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  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Kimbo
    I Agree to a certain extent regarding the atmosphere at St james park for the second half of the season, But for the first half of the season it was rocking most matches inside Sjp.
    Its the same every season if we are doing well then the atmosphere is mint,but when we are not its dire.
    You may be right on Debs leaving us but Tiote has publically come out and said he doesn’t want to go anywhere ??. Santon is another player that’s in demand by bigger clubs than ourselves, But again has recently come out and said that he wants to stay. Same with Benny as well.
    I would say there is something positive there mate wouldn’t you if our top players are wanting to stay at the club

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Jazzy,
    There are very few players that would care about playing for NUFC. Just isn’t that sort of game anymore at this level. Would any of our players be that bothered if they were plying their trade elsewhere in the Prem? Unlikely.

    On the good players coming here, yeah, good players would still join the club, no doubt on that, but only if we are paying them what they could earn elsewhere at the very least.

    Like in most jobs, company loyalty is very rare, if you were asked to switch to a different company same job, for more money, 99% of the time people would do it.

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  • croftus5678

    May 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #24

    the other way of looking at this is from pards point of view though ^^

    thinking about it if we dont get a striker that hits it off straight away or we dont get any striker in and remy was here what do you think the crowd would turn on pards for !

    Not playing remy instead opting to play Cisse who doesnt seem to be able to score anymore or remy who does score and earns us points but doesnt care less about us and is like you said bad for our youngsters ???

    something tells me all would be forgiven with remy after a few goals so looking at it again maybe i cant blame pards for trying his best to convince remy to sign for us ! (personaly i’m just glad remy himself is too selfish to do it so it forces us to go to other strikers)

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  • Dude

    May 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Four words for Alan Oliver.

    “Wide of the mark.”

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  • karasu

    May 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Not sure if you guys know, but Neil Lennon recently left Celtic. That got me imagining if Newcastle were to drop Pardew and hire Lennon. I think it’d be great. Lennon has to be a pretty impressive manager to be able to dominate the SPL for 4 years, as well as give Barcelona some panic attacks.

    It’s not wrong of me to daydream right?

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  • Spoof

    May 27, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #27

    jazzyp, don’t take it as literal as it is our way of getting rid of our anger, we need a release, simple question for you, pretend that you don’t support us and you are a talented player who is looking for a move, Newcastle and Everton are the only clubs with a serious interest in you, who would be your first choice if all offers were equal, if you say us then sorry I just cannot believe that as Everton are far more appealing than us, and that hurts as they have no right to be more appealing than us, if it’s us or Stoke, Sunderland, West Ham or any similar club then we have a fighting chance, provided the finances are of a similar nature, but again that hurts as I feel that we should me much more appealing than them but we aren’t are we.

    Why do players say they are negotiating with us, come on m8 you know better than that, this is not a slant at us as it happens all over but a hell of a lot of players make it public knowledge to try and stimulate as much interest as possible to get themselves the best deal possible, its not out of desperation to join the mighty Newcastle United, that can happen to successful clubs, but not to the likes of us.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Lesh
    Cheers
    Wasn’t Shola’s greatest fan looked lazy at times – but his heart is NUFC.

    Like to see him back on the coaching staff say young uns, or as a ambassador for the club

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  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #29

    Lilongwe
    I agree mate in all walks of like whether your a Brickie or a teacher then incentives are all important. After all that’s what we go to work for at the end of the day. I appreciate that footballer’s have such a short career they have to choose wisely where they are to ply there trade.
    But the biggest gripe I have with this debate is that a top footballer earns stupid amounts of money week in week out.
    If Newcastle can offer the right package to a player then I see why we can’t attract top players.
    For me personally bud if our transfer business consisted of Sidwell-Colback-Perez and Bent then there is only one way this club is truly heading

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  • GeordieDan

    May 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #30

    “It looks like our three Frenchmen at the World Cup – Debuchy, Sissoko and Remy (and maybe Yohan too?) are helping to get Grenier to Newcastle, and that’s always good to hear.”

    And what exactly will they be telling Clement?

    NUFC is a broken club with no ambition, a crack-pot, miserly owner, a half-wit manager and a crowd that beying for his blood as much as supporting whats left of a threadbare squad???

    Can’t believe he hasn’t already signed for us hearing all that!

    (Or maybe they’re just saying go there get some Prem experience and move on ASAP!-Which is probably closer to the mark and even more depressing)

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  • Spoof

    May 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    jimmy

    very true it should be a very easy sell, but as it currently stands can you with all honesty say that you believe that it is still an easy sell, I can’t, and that is the whole reason behind the pathetic little rants of “why would a good player come here” which get made by the likes of me, it is not too belittle the club generally, its too belittle the club for what we currently are which is not good nor appealing.

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  • jayphoto

    May 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #32

    Would love to see grenier at Newcastle under a different manager and id say break the bank for him, i think he’d prove better thsn YC!
    Sad thing is, under Pardew, Sidwell would be a better signing! Pardew would get sidwell playing at a higher level than hed get grenier playing, under Pardew we’d have a more successfull starting eleven with players like sidwell and bent than we would if he were given grenier and lacazette

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  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #33

    Spoof
    “US” lol. Nah seriously mate I see your point. But again that is because at this moment in time Everton are a better proposition than ourselves.
    For example Ya ya is on 2-300k at Man city yet he is tempted by Psg.
    Ronaldo had everything at Manure but wanted out to Real Madrid.
    Gosling has gone to Bournemouth of all places, Not for money but because he sees that Bournemouth are trying to achieve something.
    That is what Charnley have to do to attract top players…….charm offensive and a tempting Salary package and I believe we can bring in top players

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  • gfp13

    May 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #34

    For people saying there is no atmosphere, I understand there was none at end of season. When at the Swansea game I almost felt embarrassed how quiet it was until we scored. But if we get a few signings and a decent start to season the old atmosphere will return

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #35

    Jazzy,
    “The right incentives” And there in lies one of the major reasons why people don’t think we will sign top players. Many people don’t expect us to sign people because Ashley is thrifty to the point where it becomes damaging. We all know that is the case, we are looking to be the best club we can be “pound for pound”. So while you are correct saying good players would still join, there is the huge issue of us being competitive on the incentive side.

    I agree, if Colback, Sidwell, Perez and Bent are our business then I’d be worried. However, I don’t think we will be after Sidwell, and Villa have already said that Bent will most likely be needed at Villa – not that I think we are interested anyway. Perez will go into the development squad and Colback would be a decent squad member.

    Wouldn’t mind this German lad, although haven’t seen him play, a couple of the German lads out here have said he looks a good player, and sounds like he has the sort of attributes Pards would be looking for. Don’t want Zaha. If we are offloading Marveaux and Ben Arfa, why are we replacing him with some at best equally inconsistent and ineffective. Moses would be much better suited to a Pards team, so he would be my choice for a bit of width.

    I have no idea which players we want, or are talking to, but I wouldn’t pay heed to most of the news articles. Particularly when they are written by Alan Oliver.

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  • lew

    May 27, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #36

    imo NUFC got to be one of the greatest stepping stones there is!

    I think some of you underestimate the value of playing in front of 50k mad fans week in week out.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #37

    GFP,
    The atmosphere hasn’t been at the ground since Souness arrived years ago mate. Even during the Bobby years it was on the decline.

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  • Spoof

    May 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #38

    jazzyp

    exactly m8, that is what Charnley has too do and hopefully he will but it is a tough ask with the perception of how we look to others as we are, but all it takes is one superb signing and then others do sit up and take notice and wonder what is happening there, so hopefully Grenier does surprise me by signing and he then forces Cabaye out of the team in Brazil which in turn would make us more appealing than what we are as we could sell ourselves to other players as being a club who are signing the best in the world, but back to reality as I just don’t see that happening.

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  • Wowhatawhopper

    May 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #39

    I would love this lad, plus Cabella and I would be ecstatic how long we keep them if (touch wood) we get them is another matter but for the meantime yes please!! Also I see Leicester City are linked with Oscar Cardozo we should be going for the likes of him the lad is mustard!!

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  • Spoof

    May 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #40

    I think the biggest reason the atmosphere is what it is is down to all seater stadiums, I don’t believe they are conducive to a good atmosphere, obviously splitting up singing sections is a real killer but many clubs now struggle to get the atmosphere which they once had, the sooner we have safe standing the better.

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