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.
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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