Did Grenier Just Issue A Come And Get Me Message?

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #1

    they want £ 15M not less than that at any point .
    Can Newcastle offer that ? YES
    Will Newcastle offer that ? NO

  • Bambams

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #2

    If you believe the rumours Debuch is away and obviously ash has only spent the profit on Siem.

    So many believe this is the only way ash will buy and not from the TV money which he obviously believes is his. Just look how he has behaved over the SD shares/bonus recently.

    Greedy man imo

    Hope I am proven wrong for our clubs sake

  • bobby mango

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #3

    How ridiculous that agent is. He’s not the first French to quote other players’ fees and say that’s some sort of sign of how good they are. There’s more to a deal than just a player’s ability – terms of current contract, whether the player wants to leave, financial position of selling and buying clubs etc.
    The offer should not be compared to Cabs fee. It was to low though.

    Thing is with signing SDJ I don’t see there’s room for Grenier. Would rather have proper wide forwards like Sinclair or Aubameyang.
    Move Sissoko to alongside Tiote, or get a rounded midfielder to play there. Cleverley would be useful, gets some stick at utd and international level but he would be adequate for us.

  • firebug666

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think we will get him, we know from past experience that Newcastle will not budge above their valuation of any player, not even by a couple of hundred thousand.

    Lyon are in need of money, but it would depend on how flexible they are willing to be. I don’t think they will move far enough on what they want for him, so like in January I just don’t see this happening unfortunately.

  • nut meg

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ve just looked at you tube to watch a video of Carlos Bacca,never seen or heard of him before now.It showed all his 18 goals from last season,all scored with his right foot & no headers. As with all videos on you tube he looked good……… but .

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #6

    # firebug666

    ” not even by a couple of hundred thousand. ”
    haha I liked that but it’s true 😀


    in fact we signed SDJ only after there is 1 year left
    in his contract , his price before that would easily be
    15 £M !!

  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #7

    I have a feeling we will get Grenier with much less fee, he could ask for 100million but at the end of the day he is just an agent.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #8

    # 3bobby mango

    I don’t agree with u !!
    Grenier would be very very good alongside Tiote
    and in front of them De Jong .
    but we gone for the fully defensive Colback for free !!!

  • firebug666

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #9

    nut meg

    Exactly mate, how we he look if there was a compilation of all his misses. To really judge a player you would have to watch a couple of matches to get a feel for his overall game.

    bobby mango

    I agree with you, where would we fit these players into Pardrew’s inept tactics. I still think he would be a great signing for us, and maybe Pardrew is looking at LDJ as a striker rather than midfield, He even mentioned in one of his interviews that is was great to get a striker in so early.

    Only thing that has surprised me is Pardrew never mentioned LDJ as a left back.

  • ethiotoon

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I completely agree with you Dr. Ed..
    This is the time to make concrete move.
    He is young,suit our policy of buying, much better player than cabaye too.I said it many times, the guy deserves £15m,no question. Didn’t we paid 15m for shearer and 16m for Owen? what holding us then to pay equivalent money for a player of such quality? You should take a look around and think twice mike..

  • Slank

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s either him or Cabella will join Newcastle.

    Would Newcastle buy both as they appear to play in the same position and have very similar styles I’m now not too sure.

    As Newcastle want Alexandre Lacazette I’m not too sure whether Lyon would let both he and Grenier go. If they did, it would go along way to solving their financial problems.

    It looks like it could be Alexandre Lacazette and either Grenier or Cabella that arrive.

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #12

    what about bid 20 for Grenier and Lacazette both? this couple will boost everybody in Newcastle, players and fans…if we can get them, then we can go for Cabella and pinpoit with Montpellier 😀

  • Slank

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #13


    Do you mean SDJ and not LDJ?

  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #14

    On what base did he ask that much fee? Grenier didn’t play in WC, he is not 1st team in the national team, he maybe great in ligue1 but that doesn’t mean he is guarantee success in other league. His agent expecting big clubs like PSG, Mcity, Mutd, Juve, Barca, etc to come in with insane prices by making this kind of statement.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #15

    # Slank

    you are totally wrong about Cabella !!!
    Cabella plays at the wings or as an attacking midfielder
    Grenier plays as a center defensive playmaker – Like Cabaye

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Grenier and Cabella arent same type of players, Grenier is pure playmaker, something like Cabaye and Cabella is more winger,pacey and tricky…while Grenier has great vision and passes and powerful shot aswell

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #17

    he isnt there because of injury, he was selected in 23 man squad…but he is great player and this line up looks good…
    but im not that sure with Tiote, because he isnt comfortable on the ball, he is strungling in that area

  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #18

    A playmaker is a playmaker, doesn’t make much different what position he plays. Bonucci also become Juve playmaker when Pirlo is absent and Bonucci is a CB/ Sweeper.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #19

    # Toonfan8

    i was really thinking about this STRONG squad
    it will 100% guarantee the top 5 😀
    but i don’t think this is going to happen 🙁

  • Santon03

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #20


    My point was there is nothing special that make his agent asking that price. Yes he is injured but he is not playing in WC, different with Debuchy. Debuchy playing well in WC, it’s justified that his value increased. If Grenier played well in WC, then his asking price is reasonable.

    I agree with you on Tiote, he is trying too hard to be a playmaker and ended up losing the ball very often. He is supposed to be winning the ball and give it to playmaker, that’s his job.

  • ethiotoon

    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #21

    What a lineup..I’ll be singing on rooftop if that is our squad. signing this type of player not only strengthin our team but also generate sell out crowd, attract other stars,show to others what nufc is.
    Yeah Grenier is pure playmaker like miralem pijanic of Roma.cabella is not.he is a winger,w/h can also play behind
    Striker/s.janmaat and Micah both r good RBs for us but seems Richards is injury prone.if not Grenier just go for pjanic or griezmann or payet or sertic or shelvey in the pecking order. here r some other striker options for our squad:
    Luis Muriel
    Jelle Vossen
    Jordan Ayew
    Kingsley Coman
    Emanuel Reviere
    Musa sow
    Michy Bashuayi
    Jordy clasie
    Craig noone


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