Newcastle Midfield Target Now Back In Training

It seems that Newcastle may have come closer to getting 23 year-old Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier though the door in August than we thought.

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Clement Grenier – returned to training on Wednesday

There was a lot of news in the last three weeks of August that Newcastle were closing in on signing the 5 times capped French International, and that was after the 23 year-old had said he was ready to leave Lyon, the only club he has ever played for.

But  then in his first game of the season on Thursday 21st August, he came on as a second-half substitute in the shock 2-1 home defeat to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu,  in the first leg of the Europa League play-off round.

And he  again injured his groin again, and underwent surgery on it, and at the time he was expected to be out from six to eight weeks, and it was the same injury that had forced him to withdraw from the  France squad in Brazil in June.

But it’s now been almost three months since he underwent surgery, but Grenier finally returned to training on Wednesday,  and was pleased to finally get back in the swing of things.

This is what he said on the Lyon site:

“It’s great to be back on the field and play some small games,””I felt great out there today.”

We reported the news  a couple of days ago out of Italy, that three Italian clubs – Naples, Fiorentina and Roma – were now interested in the playmaker, with both Milan clubs also monitoring his progress from injury.

And Arsenal are long time admirers of the Frenchman.

Once Clement proves his fitness in the next six weeks or so, it is possible that Lyon will sell him in the January transfer window,  especially since  it seems they were ready to do that in late August.

His agent Frederic Guerra was quoted as saying the following a couple of days ago:

“I know that he is always followed by clubs from the Premier League and I know there is interest from more than one Serie A club.”

“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 have still not replaced Yohan Cabaye, and this 23 year-old would be an excellent replacement, and we just hope Newcastle will be one of the clubs after Clement in January.

Clement turned down Newcastle in late January, and at the time his agent Guerra had said it was difficult to say no to such a big club as Newcastle United.

We hope he doesn’t do that again.

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14 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #1

    So Abeid got injured in training by another player, Tiote or Anita? 😉

    Greniers in training, whoopsie do.
    To many midfielders buy a CB or Striker

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Nov 16, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #2

    I would love it if he came in Jan

    as for now , Abeid is injured and Tiote needs more time
    Ryan Taylor should play against QPR
    I don’t want to see Anita at all .

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 16, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #3

    When did abeid get injuried??

  • soundoid

    Nov 16, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #4

    OOh some one that doesn’t play for our club is nearly fit… What about our players?

    Abeid picking up an injury is a worry. I would have played Ryan Taylor against QPR anyway to diffuse the potential disruptive force that is Joey Barton. Experienced team QPR, we need some of our experienced players too… massive potential banana skin.

    I’d go,

    Jan Saylor Colo Dummet
    Raylor Sissoko colback
    Cabella Perez Sammy

  • beermonkey

    Nov 16, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #5


    not sure when or how but there was a pic of him on crutches at the Algeria game

    seems we cant keep any1 fit lol always the same with internationals never our fault always our problem

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Goodness sake, can our luck get any worse with injuries?! We must have the longest casualty list in the premiership.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 16, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #7


    us and man u I think are the worst off for injuries

    although both players had an impact its a shame we had to rush back Aarons and cisse

  • toonicle

    Nov 16, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Where would he play if we got him? Too many mdifielders as it is I think.

  • Chris

    Nov 16, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Don’t know if this source is reliable, but…..

    Maher Mezahi @MezahiMaher 3h

    Mehdi Abeid has a fractured toe. Out for a month.

    There was an earlier article in nufcfans site which carries the story and shows the pic of him on crutches:

  • Chris

    Nov 16, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #10

    This seems to be the original source of the Abeid story:

    “il a été blessé au gros orteil du pied droit par Belkalem et sera absent un mois !”
    translates as:
    he was injured on the big toe of the right foot by Belkalem and will be out for one month!

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 16, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Apparently, Senegal and Algeria make it to AFCON 2015.Ivory Coast and Nigeria are also almost there,so we are certain to lose both cisse and Tiote,Interesting to see what action pard and co take about it!
    Grenier is a talented player with vision,ambition and work rate.He is pure playmaker like Fabrigas,that dictates games & distribute
    balls in CMF.Someone we desperately need after the departure of cabaye.If we offered £12-15m for Tiote,we can get Grenier with that price range as he’ll left with one year contract at the end of this season. Jan will probably be the best time to get a player like Grenier as most clubs don’t want to do business in that time.G..luck!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 16, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #12

    When will people understand that long or short term injuries or Afcon do not effect our transfer policy, the only thing that alters it is the threat of relegation, mark my words, if we are doing ok by January nobody will be signed and Tiote as was Cabaye will be sold.

  • cyprus

    Nov 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed, Ed,
    You know why I worry when you mention this player? That you inadvertently may slip up and mention the word ‘Cabaye’, hence losing our little bet to not write it for a whole month… You have to let go, man. He’s gone and we want better…

    So, did you slip up in the above article?

  • WLtoon

    Nov 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    So Grenier is getting fit, so what? He is nothing special, certainly no better than what we have got so why mention him.


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