Newcastle midfield target Clement Grenier is willing to move from Lyon this summer, if a reasonable deal can be worked out that benefits his club, and that’s according to a report in the Chronicle today.
Clement Grenier – ready to leave Lyon
This is what Grenier has told the local press:
“You never know what can happen.” “I think first I have to prepare myself.” “I’m at Lyon, but I know that economic reasons may change that.”
“If it happens then it will, in any case, be a decision made together.” “If it allows me to take the next step and it helps the club.”
“For now, this is not news and I move forward with the club.”
As far as we know Newcastle are the only club who have bid for the player this year, so Clement will know Newcastle is a likely destination.
Clement Grenier has been at Lyon since 2002, when he was 11 years old and he has played for tall the French Youth sides form U16 through u21 and has 5 caps for France, and he seems to be very loyal to Lyon, which is a good thing.
Grenier made the World Cup squad of 23, but then had to withdraw with a groin injury, so nothing has stopped Newcastle over the last few weeks form bidding for the play-maker.
Newcastle were said to bid £8M for him in January as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, but his agent Frederic Guerra criticized the size of the bid and that it was less than half of what Newcastle received from PSG for Cabaye.
This is what Guerra told le10sport in late January:
“It is not easy to say no to a big club like Newcastle, but alongside Clement, we have agreed that he will remain at Lyon.”
“The conditions of his departure would not have allowed Clement to flourish. He would have arrived at Newcastle, not as Clement Grenier, but as Yohan Cabaye’s replacement.”
“I have the utmost respect for the quality of Cabaye, who deserves everything that has happened to him. Is Clement really worth half of Yohan Cabaye?
“All these reasons led us to decline the offer of Newcastle, the conditions of the deal did not seem fair to me vis-à-vis Clement.”
This is the time for Newcastle to go after Grenier – if he is still a target – but Newcastle will need to pay out the big bucks to get the player – and that’s always been a bit of a problem for owner Mike Ashley, and why these deals tend to drag on and on.
Clement’s pedigree suggests he could be an even better player than Yohan Cabaye, and certainly at 23 he is a better player than Yohan was at the same age.
And if we signed Grenier it would almost guarantee that Newcastle could sell out their season tickets, so there’s some incentive there for the club.
What’s that saying about fortune favors the brave?