Transfer Rumors Mount As Grenier Left Out Of Lyon Squad


There’s certainly something happening with Clement Grenier at Lyon, because after missing training yesterday and on Friday, Clement has now been left out of the Lyon squad for their Europa League 3rd round qualifying first leg game against Czech Republic side Mlada Boleslav, scheduled for Thursday night.

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Clement Grenier – out of Lyon squad for Europa League qualifier

Arsenal, AC Milan, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton are reported to be interested in signing the player, who has been told he can now leave Lyon this summer, as long as his French club gets a decent fee for him.

If a player is in serious negotiations to be transferred, his club usually leaves him out of upcoming games, as happened with Yohan Cabaye in January, when he was surprisingly withdrawn from the Newcastle squad that played on 28th January t Norwich, and that was after Yohan had scored two great goals in the 3-1 win at West Ham 10 days previously.

This is what Lyon boss Hubert Fournier has said today –  that Lyon have yet to receive a suitable offer for Grenier from any club:

“We cannot talk about compensating for his potential departure. Due to his talent, we will not find somebody on the market to replace him because of our financial means.¨

“We will adapt appropriately if he leaves. For the moment, we have not had any satisfying offers.¨ “There have been propositions because he is a quality player who is wanted a lot around the world.¨  

¨But they were not perceived to be adequate by the club.”  “Also, they were not what Clement wanted in terms of footballing level.”

Reports in France say he has not trained since last Friday so we can only assume one or more clubs are in serious negotiations for his transfer, and since Newcastle were interested in the player last January as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, we hope the Magpies are int here trying to do a deal.

But it could be we have put in an offer but Clement doesn’t want to come to Tyneside, because he has been consistent this summer in saying he only wants to join a club who are in the Champions League.

And of the clubs said to be interested in him, only Arsenal can offer him Champions League football next season, and their interest may have cooled.

AC Milan had a bad time of last year in the Italian League and finished down in 8th place.

Stay tuned ….

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151 comments so far

  • KevinHann

    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Considering our HG issues and the news Southampton will be selling Schneiderlin and Rodriguez this window, I am surprised none of you lads are discussing the opportunity to sign Jay instead of getting carried away with ridiculous prospects like Benteke, Lukaku and Aubameyang.

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  • roblee7

    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I know MYM is a CB but I can personally understand why Pardew has tried to convert him to right back. Skillful ball player and not physical enough for CB. he’s not tall enough to partner Colo ( as Our Toon said)….I still have nightmares about Everton away last season and understandably I think, Pardew is s**t scared to ever try it again, we got absolutely pounded that first half and never seen our defence as vulnerable as it was in that 45 minutes of football, truly horrendous. Anyway, if we didn’t have Colo, I’d put him centre back with a big guy, but I think Pards know he’s a good fotballer and therefore right back makes sense, I think this is Pardews attempt at trying to keep him and play him. Problem is, he doesn’t look very good at right back either

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Why do we need Grenier, in an ideal world it would be great to have players like him keeping other good players out of the team and vic versa, but we know there is only limited funds if any, we still need a striker, forget this CB nonsense it’s not happening. A flurry of signings albeit very good ones have people thinking that the regime is turning a corner, nothing over the last seven years suggests this, the minimum has been done in the transfer market which should see us comfortably in and around tenth, if the TV money was spent as it will be in January if we are struggling then we could have a really exciting season.

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  • Edd Case

    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Can’t see any reason to sign Grenier…

    Midfield already has;
    Sissoko
    Tiote
    Anita
    De Jong
    Cabella
    Aarons
    Gouffran
    Bigi
    HBA

    Where would you play him?

    Our midfield is looking like it’ll be 5.
    Tiote, Sissoko, Anita, Cabella and De Jong.

    Unless we sign him and then implement some sort of rotation, or Anita is dropped….I dunno, just not sure we have space for him…

    Is he a typical number 10 or something else? Not sure about him positionally.

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  • roblee7

    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Edd case – Perhaps we want Grenier as one of our midfielders is leaving? Tiote? Sissoko? Ben Arfa? I think 2 of them 3 might be sold, definitely one I think!

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  • Sliema

    Jul 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Edd

    Since when should you not have good backup players? Don’t you reckon either Tiote, Anita, Moussa, SDJ, Cabella, Gouffran etc might pick an injury between them?

    Do Chelsea only have 5 good midfielders?

    The depth he would bring would be immense.

    But, we need a CF and a CB more. So yeh, if we manage all 3 then great!

    Beggars can’t be choosers mate. Let’s not turn down opportunities to sign quality players yeh? Seems silly! 😉

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  • richyg01

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Its finally come out why Remy’s move to Liverpoo fell through:

    Liverpool say non to Remy

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Kevin Hann

    Jay Rodriguez at £15m/£20m or Benteke for the same amount, I’d rather have benteke as he has a better all round game and is more destructive than rodriguez. Rodriguez is similar to what we already have at the club where as a Benteke is something that we need.

    As for Grenier, yes I’d love to have him at the club and can’t believe ppl say there isn’t a place for him, he’s better than what we have already but I think we have no chance in getting him especially if the others mentioned make a move for him

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry ed but you’ve got your info abit mixed up mate! This was said last week or the week before and got regurgitated on newsnow because of all these rumours flying around! Sorry again but he’s injured they’ve come out and said so, that’s why he hasn’t trained AND isn’t in the europa league game squad!

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  • KevinHann

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Our Toon

    Jay is in the window and confirmed for sale, and he is English, which opens another slot for a cheap French player. He may or may not be 15-20 mil but we won’t find out unless we try to negotiate. Granted he’d go to Spurs to play for Pochettino again but it never hurts to try.

    Benteke is injured till October at least and will aim higher than Newcastle. It’s unlikely he would accept a transfer at this point and he already came out to say he isn’t interested in moving today. 15-20 mil price for him is pure speculation as Villa might as well ask for 30 just to keep him. They are pretty much like we were with Carroll back in the day.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry I can’t find the bastard link now about him not training but it was along the lines of “following speculation” blah blah he’s got a specific training routine blah blah and so on and so forth! And yes they actually used blah blah 😉

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  • swemag

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Edd

    Bigi and Aarons are young, Aarons might have something to offer this season. We also have Sammy Ameobi in that category.

    Abeid actually looked really good the short time he played in the Wellington game before going off with an injury.

    Besides, you left out Collback which will fight for a place on that midfield.

    With all these names we might even have an OK midfield for the cup games.

    And from what it seems, HBA will not be playing for us.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #14

    I think we need to put to bed these rumours about Captain Colo swanning around in Argentina last year, when he missed lots of games. It was reported that he had to return home because of “personal family problems” – he then fractured his spine or a vertebrae in his spine and then had to go home for top medical treatment which was not available in Europe. Additionally it was
    understood that Colo sought the services of a rain forest tribes’ shamen to assist
    in the recovery. The shamen recommended the application of a special poultice on
    Colos’ injured spine -the poultice could only be prepared in South America and
    consisted of the spit of the yellow tree frog along with the entrails of a newly killed
    jungle cock as well as other secret ingredients. The shamen also recommended
    some unusual physiotherapy which was jumping up and down repeatedly and waving
    his arms around in the air. We were lucky to see Captain Colo practising his physiotherapy on the terraces of a local football club. There was clearly no swanning around by Captain Colo. The shamens poultice did the trick, Captain Colo regained full health and returned to the Toon. Let’s not hear any more talk of swanning around.

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  • DokToon

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #15

    perhaps depth is needed for a deep cup push? one could hope 🙂

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #16

    would anyone of us explain to me what’s going on with Remy’s name problem with Liverpool? I mean… not signing him because of his name? How could this be a problem?

    P.S. I just don’t know much about the language system.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #17

    If we want to be a top team, we do NEED grenier, we need competition for places, that’s what creates fight and passion from the players, its what makes them work, too many times last season we had players like Debuchy, Anita, Sissoko not putting any effort in coz they know they are guaranteed a first team spot.

    Look at how many midfielders chelsea have:
    Matic
    Hazard
    Oscar
    Schurrle
    Willian
    Salah
    Fabregas
    Van Ginkel
    Mikel
    Ramires

    How many we would have if Grenier came:
    Tiote
    Anita
    Sissoko
    Colback
    Grenier
    de Jong
    Cabella
    Gouffran
    Sammy
    Aarons

    If you want top 4, you need the quality and depth to compete

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  • KevinHann

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Actually I stand corrected, Kruger has come out and reassured Saints fans Schneiderlin and Rodriguez will NOT be leaving Southampton this window.

    Seems Koeman’s tweet worked 🙂

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  • GeordieoftheSouth

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Edd Case – I agree, I don’t believe for one second that Ashley is about to fork out £12 million+ for player we don’t desperately need.

    ….and if he did, then we might as well forget buying a striker.

    Sliema – Since your owner is a penny pincher and your club is not in Europe…and comparing us to Chelsea is on the delusional side

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  • outsidethebox

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #20

    if grenier goes anywhere it will be to ac milan…toon need to concentrate on centre back and centre forward …hull sign harry maguire …spurs in for rodrigeze …has toon an english scout???..

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #21

    pizzicato – there is nothing wrong with his name – the article is a “piss take” – ie they did not want to sign him so invented a reason -his medical.

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  • KevinHann

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    What’s that about Loic’s name?! I thought they pulled the plug after Borini refused to move to Sunderland, that’s the most reasonable explanation. Probably his medical results played a part as well but I find it unlikely it was the decisive factor for Rodgers. I do believe Remy can literally break goalscoring records in a team like Arsenal or Liverpool with those midfielders to create chances for him.

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #23

    richyg01 posted this earlier in this thread. Just wondering:

    http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/remys-liverpool-move-thwarted-suspicion-diaeresis?

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #24

    oh I see Mr Tuff. If that’s really the case, it’s really fine. I took that too seriously.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #25

    This guy was saying 5 hours ago that Grenier has had a long standing groin injury which screwed up the end of his season and stopped him going to Brazil.However he has been on an intensive rebuilding programme which he has strangely interrupted since Monday he was spotted with his documents from Rhone hospital (to show to another clubs medics?)
    Two interesting things he says however
    a He thinks he’ll go for only €10million (Lyon are hard up)
    b He thinks it will be one of the Milans

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #26

    AC Milan now interested in Ben Arfa

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #27
  • Ethiotoon

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #28

    How come we say no to a player like Grenier… amazing..
    We don’t have pure playmaker since cab
    Left.Grenier is pure playmaker, which we r
    looking for since January. siem is a striker
    like Rooney mold,which we will use if we land the french wiz kid.
    So this is a massive opportunity for us to get him if we want to play in the CL soon.
    Besides we don’t have enough creative players if sth happens to siem dj..
    Please charn.. don’t mess it up..

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  • scubydu

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #29

    A lot of players saying they want to join a team in the champions league but how about them playing their way into the champions league. Getting your team there would hold a lot more satisfaction if it were me.some players hold themselves in such high regard 🙂

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #30

    We don’t need Grenier as we have lots of midfield optionsbut if he signed he’d be our best player by 2015!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Pizzicato,
    Could you please fetch me some skirting ladders, sky hooks, tartan paint and ask the guy behind the counter for a long stand, some filopean tubes for that broken light fitting as well if they’ve got any.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Wandering Geordie

    I hope that isn’t true about HBA mate, a few on this site think he won’t go to a bigger club than us so for there sake I hope it’s not true…something to do with lazy and attitude issues and not being good enough for US the mighty Toon. wouldn’t want to see them lose their minds mate

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  • SUFC_rule

    Jul 29, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Mr Grenier, come to Sunderland the biggest in the North East

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  • DokToon

    Jul 29, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #34

    mackem 2 33

    the biggest what? cesspool?

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jul 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #35

    @Our toon
    The Rossoneri have repeatedly stated Coach Pippo Inzaghi is looking for a left-footed player to go on the right.This report comes from Calciomercato.com

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jul 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #36

    @ SUFC

    I see your mummy still doesn’t know your still talking to men on the internet

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  • KevinHann

    Jul 29, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #37

    Doesn’t the blog have some rules enabling trolls to be blocked? Messing around in a friendly or at least humorous way can be fun but winding people up with boring, repetitive and unimaginative hate is plain stupid.

    Yes, I do mean the Scunthorpe fan.

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  • swemag

    Jul 29, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #38

    The Benny AC Milan link seems somewhat…I don’t know, I just don’t see it.

    http://www.football-italia.net/53186/milan-target-magpie-ben-arfa

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  • dufuss

    Jul 29, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #39

    correction @36
    his androgynous parent

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 29, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #40

    pizzicato – the reasons that Liverpool gave to stop the Remy transfer -ie the medical – appear to be so fallacious it defies logic/sensibility. The “piss take” was the story about his name -equally fallacious -thereby intoducing the comedy of irony into the story -making the whole saga ridiculous.

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