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.
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. 😀
What do you think?
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