French newspaper L’Equipe are reporting that some big clubs are back in for 27-year-old France international Clement Grenier – who we tried to sign four years ago.
Grenier had been at Lyon since 2002 and came through the ranks there, but he moved permanently to Guingamp in January on a free transfer on an 18-month contract.
But there is a danger in signing Grenier because he has had lots of injuries over the last several years although he’s a very good technical player.
Some of his injuries have been very serious, and for example, he injured his abductors in March 2014, two months after Newcastle were reported to have put in a substantial bid for him.
His recovery was delayed by an infection and Grenier – when finally fit – revealed he was not far from losing the use of his legs.
Clement Grenier – in Guingamp colors this year
While at Guingamp he has impressed in the 15 games he has played with 5 goals and 4 assists.
L’Equipe reports that his encouraging form has had some top clubs interested in signing the player.
The fee could be as little as €3M, and that reduces Newcastle’s risks considerably.
If we can keep Grenier fit then, Rafa can certainly get the very best out of a gifted player.
But his injury record is troublesome; he played 154 games with 18 goals and 28 assists for Lyon over 9 seasons, but he played only 8 times for Lyon over the last two seasons.
Grenier was a terrific player when young and played for all the French Youth sides from U16 through U21, but he has only 5 full caps for France.
The fee is meager, but the question is whether we can keep him fit at Newcastle in the physically demanding world of the Premier League.
It’s a risk, and it would be a bit of a surprise if Newcastle want to take that risk – but you never know.
What do you think?