There was news in France over the last day or two that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen on getting French International play-maker Clement Grenier to the Emirates this summer.
Clement Grenier – Arsenal interested
Grenier was one of two targets Newcastle went after in January to replace the departed Yohan Cabaye – the other one was Remy Cabella, but surprise surprise – even though we received a hefty £20M for Cabaye we only bid around £8.5M for Grenier and £6.5M for Cabella.
And those bids had both clubs (very) disappointed at what they considered to be insulting bids for their players – and unfortunately that’s not the first time Newcastle have gone on with a ridiculously low bid hoping that Santa Claus is the Chairman of the other club.
Clement Grenier and Remy Cabella are two very good players, and they would be great at Newcastle, but there are signs that both players are attracting interest from some big clubs this summer, and if that interest is real, we could miss out on both targets.
Remy Cabella – Montpellier winger
We have already gone back in with a £6.5M offer for Cabella, and not surprisingly that didn’t exactly make the 70 year-old Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin very happy – and of course he hates Newcastle to start with – so that certainly didn’t help.
What we ned to see from Newcastle us to the purse strings when it come sot bidding for our top targets and bid a decent price as a first bid and not some ridiculously low figure – which does us no good at all in our dealings with the selling club.
We could miss out on both summer midfield targets, because of our miserly approach to getting players to Tyneside – and we need to show more boldness and ambition in our transfer dealings.
So be it.