Newcastle Face Serie A Challenge For Top Play-Maker


Newcastle have still not replaced Yohan Cabaye with a central midfield play-maker, and it seems we were very interested in Lyon’s Clement Grenier last January and also in the summer, until he had a recurrence of the groin injury in August that had  kept him out of the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.

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Clement Grenier – Italian clubs interested

Grenier had an operation on his groin in late August,  and he hasn’t yet played again, after saying that he was ready to move on from Lyon over the summer.

However, there are clubs in  Italy who have become interested in the 23 year-old, and Newcastle could face a challenge for his services in January or next summer, from top clubs such as Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli.

His representative is Frederic Guerra, and there is still significant interest in his client, even though he has played only once so far this season.

This is what Guerra has said on Tuttomercatoweb:

“Now he needs to focus on getting back into the squad and then we’ll see in January.” “I do know that he’s still being tracked by more than one Serie A scout.”

Newcastle were rumored to be close to a deal in August, until Grenier’s operation, and we hope Lee Charnley has followed up since then, although Newcastle will want to ensure the 5 times capped French International has fully recovered, before they try to bring him to Tyneside.

It’s not surprising that other clubs are in for the play-maker, but here’s a chance for Newcastle to get a free-flowing central midfielder into their ranks – and if we can do the deal in January – all the better.

Newcastle were interested in Grenier last January, after Yohan Cabaye was sold to PSG, and at that time his representative Guerra had this to say to le10sport in late January as they turned down  a move to Newcastle:

“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.”

Things changed in the summer when it seemed that his club Lyon were finally prepared to let their top player leave the club, with Newcastle said to be in the lead to sign the French International.

We hope we can tie this deal up in January, but as with any good player, there will be competition for Newcastle.

The 6’1″ Grenier has played 117 times for Lyon over the last four seasons with 15 goals,  and he has played for every one of the French Youth sides.

And who knows, after a dodgy start to the season, Newcastle United could be very well positioned in the Premier League by the time January rolls around. 😀

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4 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Nov 13, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, mate,
    You lost the bet not to write the word ‘Cabaye’ for a whole month. Again!

    Anyway, you are doing well. You managed, again, a whole week and I congratulate you for that. I know you can do it man. Ok, starting…. Now!

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 13, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #2

    I really can’t see NUFC signing any midfielders. Or anyone for that matter.

    If we shift Anita aswell as Tiote I think we would sign one maybe. And that’s a big maybe.

    As usual it will depend on how much we make from outgoings.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 13, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I see Bigi is back from Yeovil after only a week. What is going on with this lad?

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 13, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #4

    I know I’m veering off post and that the people versus Pardew club (well at least some!) have been showing signs of occasional balance…BUT. I need to mention that post late last night by Manxpie…
    If those comparative manager stats are right that’s amazing! So we see AP’s stats are similar if not better than quite a few of his peers in the Prem. Certainly in terms of win percentage. I had no idea that would be the case. But credit where it’s due eh? We keep getting told to have a longer term view and not just look at the last few games. Well this suggests that over his whole career he is up there, if you take out the very top consistent clubs that is.

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