It was news on a Twitter feed yesterday that Newcastle had put in another bid for central midfield target Clement Grenier of Lyon of £7M – and Grenier is a player Newcastle have been after since we allowed Yohan Cabaye to leave in January for PSG.
Clement Grenier – would be a terrific buy for Newcastle
The source of that news is not really too authentic, and lots of untrue stories do the rounds on Twitter these days.
But we wonder if Newcastle are ready to go in with another bid for the 3 times capped French International play-maker, who would be a terrific buy for Newcastle United.
The news last week was that Grenier is available to move from Lyon in the summer, but Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants around €15M (£12M) for his play-maker, but Newcastle will not offer that.
Whatever another club wants for a player means that Newcastle will (always) bid less than that – it’s a Mike Ashley law the prevails on Tyneside. 😀
And Grenier has already been linked with AC Milan and Arsenal, and he has said he only wants to join a club playing in the Champions League.
It’s not that Newcastle don’t have the money, it’s just that Mike Ashley always wants good deals, and we suppose Newcastle think Grenier at £12M is not a good deal – even though we got £20M for Cabaye in January and £12M for Debuchy last week.
Earlier this summer former right-back Olivier Bernard thought Grenier was so good he could move for a phenomenal £20M – with Arsenal said to be retaining an interest in signing Clement.
If Arsenal are really interested in the player it could be difficult to bring the 23 year-old to Newcastle, but what’s wrong with Newcastle bidding a decent £10M as the next step?
Sometimes when you go after some very good players you have to pay out some decent money – and Grenier is a very good player and still only 23 years old.
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