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.
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.