It’s very likely that Yohan Cabaye will come back to the Premier League in January, either on a loan deal through the end of the season or on a permanent deal, as he seems set on wanting to leave PSG.
Yohan Cabaye in action against Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League
For whatever reason, Yohan’s move to PSG hasn’t worked out, and when you are not getting a lot of playing time it is very difficult to get back to your very best form and your International place could also be in jeopardy.
While Yohan was at Newcastle, he played the best football of his career, but then bigger more ambitious clubs beckoned, and after trying to force a move to Arsenal just over a year ago, PSG came in last January and he was off back home to France.
But it hasn’t worked out for the Frenchman, and now the question seems to be which club will he want to join in England.
It seems that both Arsenal and Liverpool are after the midfield play-maker, who will turn 29 in January.
Since Yohan wanted to join a club that played in the Champions League when he left Newcastle, it would be a surprise if Newcastle could somehow tempt him back to Tyneside, although he talks fondly of his 30 months at Newcastle United.
But even if Yohan wanted to come back, we wonder if owner Mike Ashley would be willing to shell out the £20M required for a 29 year-old?
Clement Grenier – 23 year-old Lyon midfield play-maker
We don’t think Mike would want to do that, and a better deal for Newcastle could be to pay out say £12M for 23 year-old Lyon midfield play-maker Clement Grenier.
Newcastle have been after the player since last January as a replacement for Yohan, and in the summer – until he had a groin operation in late August.
Clement has now returned to training at Lyon, after almost three months out of the game – so all being well he should be fit enough in a few weeks.
Yohan played 93 games for Newcastle with 18 goals after joining us from Lille for €5M in the summer of 2011 – and that was the buyout clause in his Lille contract.
Clement Grenier stands 6′ 1¨ tall and has spent his whole career at Lyon, and he’s played 117 times with 15 goals for his French club.
And since Mike Ashley always wants value in the transfer market – Clement could be a better buy because his value will very likely increase at Newcastle – if we can get him in.
That would not be true of Yohan Cabaye.
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