Newcastle Making Sensational Swoop For Two Lyon Players?

With Lyon play maker Clement Grenier being left out of the Lyon squad for their 3rd qualifying tie of the Europa League on Thursday night, and with Grenier missing training at Lyon since Friday – the rumors are swirling around that Newcastle may be close to a deal for the French International play maker.

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Are Newcastle after these two top players Lacazette and Grenier?

And Twitter lit up last night with rumors that Clement Grenier is actually on his way to Newcastle to have a medical at the Tyneside club.

But remember these are just rumors, but what’s new?

A French fan posted on his Twitter account that he shared a flight with Clement from Lyon to Newcastle, although how true that is becomes a good question, and he didn’t say anything about Clement about to sign at Newcastle.

Here’s our translation of the Tweet from Zenon Zadkine – @ZenonZadki – and it’s now all over Twitter::

“Glad to have been on my Lyon-Newcastle flight with @clemgrenier – very available and open, really a nice person!”

And with the additional news late last night in France that Newcastle have made another bid to take 23 year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette to Newcastle, it could be that Lee Charnley’s remit at Newcastle is to get both Clement and Alexandre on Tyneside.

And that would probably cost Newcastle anywhere from £15M to £20M for the two top Lyon players.

And if Newcastle can pull of this coup we would need to reach – quickly – for those blood pressure pills.

That’s because it would mean that Newcastle had signed the following 8 players this summer – Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Alexandre Lacazette and Clement Grenier – all for around £40M.

On second thoughts I better take some of the pills right now – my blood pressure just went up significantly writing that last sentence. 😀

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74 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Are some still harping on about Remy, bloody hell have you no shame? He rejected us in January for a team destined for relegation, joined us on loan so he could get a dream move in this window, refused to commit to us after we paid £2m loan fee throughout the season. Refused to play in the last game of the season because it meant nothing to him, finally we make a move at the end of the season and he says he’ll be joining a top 4 team. Get a grip, mercenary, self centred, egotistical t*** who has a worse attitude than ones some already criticise at the club.

    No thank you on Remy and please give it a rest about him, he said no to us so many times, NO MEANS NO!! Let him enjoy life playing in front of 17000 fans that’s what he initially signed up for

  • ~A Riviere of Goals~

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I wish. But in Reality, highly unlikely.

    Just saw City’s away Kit. Looks pretty good tbh.

  • ronjohno

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #3

    If only………

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah.. Grenier and lwcazatte. Keep dreaming…

  • NZGeordieviaAfrica

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Forget the HBP pills take some reality check pills instead. There are dreams and even pipedreams; this is just garbage.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #6

    There is so many wrong things about this article !!

  • Thump

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ll have whatever Ed’s having.

  • Tooooon

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Come on guys lets dream a little. If we get Lacazette & Grenier we would literally be Champions League contenders, if the whole squad remained fit.

    Mike Ashley is worth £3bn, so what is a £20m INVESTMENT for him?

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #9

    I would have said bah humbag but if by some miracle the news that Milan want Hatem for 10 to 12 mill is accurate then why not? Swap him for Grenier.

  • WLtoon

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Honestly, it get worse on here.
    A few hrs ago someone tweetef thst Greniere was on a plane bound for Newcastle.
    £0 mins later a source suggest we had made yet another fresh bid for Lacazette.
    Now ,hey, what a surprise, we,ve been runoured to be signing them both up.
    With Remy failing his medical,i think Liverpool will go in for Lacazette so we stand no chance ,as for Grenier, he,s tucked up in bed pondering a move to Arsenal i reckon.
    What dross will be next.

  • Blofal

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #11

    If we get both Lacazette and Grenier we would have a pretty formidable team.

    That would also signal that Percy’s comments about trying to challenge for a Champions League is true.

    But as per usual with this club ill believe it when I see it.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #12

    This is a bit far fetched but if it actually is true just imagine the force we’ll be. Highly doubt this will come off though :/

  • Davies

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Y’know, WLtoon, there are other blogs you can read if you don’t like this one.

  • Brutooon

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #14

    if both join us, that would be the best transfer window EVER in the history of NUFC !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #15

    That Grenier tweet -he was supposed to be on a Newcastle to Lyon flight – complete tosh. there are no direct flights from Lyon to Newcastle. So saying the Lyon to Newcastle flight would be a misnomer – as no such flight exists. Air France fly from Lyon to Charles de Gaulle – where you can get a connecting flight to Newcastle. Similarly British Airways fly from Lyon to Heathrow -where you get a connecting flight. So anyone would probably not refer to Lyon to Newcastle but Lyon to CDG/Heathrow or CDG/Heathrow to Newcastle – ie naming that particular leg of the flight. So complete bollocks.

  • Sliema

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #16

    I need help to think up a forfeit so ridiculous that I’ll actually be devastated if we do sign them!

    If we sign both these two then I’ll…


  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Ok guys. Back to reality.

    1……Ashley will not buy Remy especially after he has turned his nose up at us twice already and certainly not for the 15 million quid allegedly written into hus contract.

    2…….AC Milan would have to be absolute dopes to offer 10 to 12 million pounds for HBA considering his year remaining on contract, his non involvement in the first team squad and the knowledge that NUFC would bite their hands off for a couple of million just to get him off their books. Also factor in that they are struggling financially impacts as well.

    3…….It is obvious the tweet by the french guy about Grenier on a flight from Lyon to Newcastle was BS as these direct flights dont exist and because the player has missed a couple of days training, people are putting 2 and 2 together and coming up with 5. In my opinion, Grenier would only have been an option if we failed to sign Cabella.

    4…….We may well have bid for Lacezette but Lyon hold the trump card here and as the player doesnt appear to be that desperate to leave, Lyon can bide their time and see who else comes in for him. I think this one will go down to the wire and he will end up in Spain with someone like Atletico Madrid. We will get the ex cuse of not being able to get him over the line when in fact, we wouldnt have bid anywhere near Lyon’s valuation.

    Finally, if we do sign a forward, it will probably someone on loan like Campbell from Arsenal or some obscure second rated player from Ligue 2 or the Ukraine.

    I fully expect Ashley to say to Pardew to use and develop the players and youngsters already at the club.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #18

    @Mister Tuff // Jul 30, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    just realized though after checking. there’s no such thing as lyon-newcastle. and he can have no idea that grenier Is flying to Newcastle because of transit.

    utter bollocks.

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #19


    Got that decorating finished yet? Heard you gad run out of red paint and you had only completed half the outside of the house in red and white stripes.

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #20


  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #21


    Go to a Sunderland home game ? 😀

  • Sliema

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #22


    F@ck!ng hell bud, no need for that now is there? Thats just sick!

    No seriously, I’d do it. I am in Malta so for me it’d be a difficult task, but I’ll do it!

  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #23

    It is a shame that getting these two players in is considered unrealistic-which in my opinion, it is- because £20 million isnt exactly out of our reach if you think about the money we recieved.

  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #24


    heh heh heh

    i was thinking about a forfeit for ages, then i thought to myself:
    ‘whats the worst thing anyone could do’
    Pretty easy decision after i thought that.

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #25

    NUFC Jack

    A couple of seasons ago, when we were in a relegation battle, Ashley forked out 18 million pounds plus on 5 players.

    He had apparently wanted to use the money to reduce the debt owed to him, having already reduced the debt by 11 million pounds previously.

    Due to the threat of relegation, he chose to strengthen the team and delay the repayment to the loan until later.

    I would imagine that there would be no better time than the present for him to do this and fully expect that repayment to occur now.

    Therefore I dont expect anymore players coming in thus window.

  • Sliema

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Haha. You’re right mate.

    This is quite literally worse than hell. The pit of utter despair.

    However, you didn’t stipulate the opponent in said match. I think I’ll be popping along to the derby! (oh actually, of course I won’t)

    You’re right. It’s a shame that we all absolutely know that this ain’t going to happen. There was a time long ago when we were competitive with Europe’s elite. Probably top 10 in Europe at one point.

    Now we all accept complete mediocrity.

  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #27


    That sounds about right to me fella, Especialy since we havent actually spent money. Only the money used from the Cabaye + Debuchy sales.

  • Sliema

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Wow. I’m on a downer.

    Anyway. Chin up! New players always excite me, I’m still psyched for the new season. Howay the lads!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #29

    expat – – ya liddle reepa – no bloody red and white paint in my house. just about got the decorating done -just the sngs to touch up (please note touching up is a painters expression -not the sort of touching up you do). Up in the loft tomorrow to find a suitable power cable to extend to supply the wall mounted telly -ie cable behind plasterboaard so wires not seen. Got one of those swivel and tilt extension arms –done that and mounted the telly -looks good.
    After that the new floor is going down- that’ll take a couple of days – gaps sorted by scotia beading -got an air nailer to fix that – undercutting the door jambs will be a pain -but I’ll be using an undercut saw. So when thats done the new suite will be delivered from the Toon. Pretty sick of DIY at the moment.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #30

    error sngs = snags

  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #31


    The mediocrity which Ashley and Pardew forced upon us…

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #32

    I want other posters on this blog to be fully aware of a mackem infiltrator who goes by the handle SUFC.

    He is also a long time member of the blog only recently using his new secondary handle.

    He is an avid mackem and a season ticket holder at the SOS. I have known this man for over 40 years and his impersonation of a Newcastle fan is well known around NE football blogs.

    SUFC is better known as …………….MR.TUFF

    Beware folks…….he is the devil incarnate

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #33


    Glad to see C has still got you earning your keep. Has she paid for your Sunderland season ticket yet.

    I object to your assumption regarding “touching up” as it is plainly untrue without any evidence to support your claim. Typical mackem comment.

    So when the house is finished, what gas she got lined up for you next?

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #34


  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 30, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #35

    expat -you scumbag – no way I support the Roker Jokerss. Educated bloggers (that excludes you) will realise that my educated posts bear no likeness to the illiterate drivel of SUFC.
    You have now forced my hand, after you emplored me to keep your secret, because of your treachery, Iwill now expose you as being the twin brother of SUFC. I will allow fellow Toon supporters to view the photo of you and your twin -taken many years ago in the Heed.

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #36

    For an educated man, you need to learn to spell the word implore properly……lol

    Scumbag………a well used word usually used by residents of the Pennywell and Hylton Castle areas of Sunderland.

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #37


    Your comebacks need to be less obvious and a little more thought put into your falsehoods…..old fruit.

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Hehe……the one on the right has Ps ears……lol

    Dont tell him I said that,by the way.

  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #39

    Mister Tuff

    People in glass houses car to mind when I read your post denying you’re our friend SUFC.

    As one who publishes ‘educated posts’, couid you remind me how to spell ‘Jokerss’?


  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #40

    Hoist off my own petard!

    * car = can



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