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Clement Grenier Transfer To Newcastle Back On Agenda

7 years ago
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With much talk surrounding Remy Cabella as the ongoing big Newcastle transfer hope, the name of Clement Grenier has largely been forgotten about.

Back in January, Remy Cabella said that he couldn’t leave Montpellier during a relegation struggle.

However, it was Clement Grenier who Newcastle made a bid for, as confirmed by his agent at the time.

The sticking point been both the transfer fee and wages Newcastle were offering back then. Plus an added fear that a move could hamper the player’s chances of making France’s World Cup squad, maybe looking at what had happened to the likes of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – who had gone from Ligue 1 winning captain to Newcastle reserve and World Cup also ran.

Now however, it is reported that a source close to Grenier has said;

“Like Cabaye, Grenier can play on the right, as an attacking midfielder and in the hole.

“He’s been talking to the Newcastle lads at the (French) World Cup training camp and he’s keen  – but his agent will demand wages that he feels are appropriate for a player who’s going to Brazil.”

This of course is the sticking point if Newcastle are serious about any player of proven quality, especially as what has also gone under the radar is that when comparing the two players, Grenier is in the French squad, while Cabella is only one of the seven on the reserve list. A confirmation of how the two players are rated comparably in France at the present time.

Will Mike Ashley pay the price on the ticket if somebody like Grenier is up for coming to St.James’ Park?

This was what Clement Grenier’s agent said at the time about the proposed move in January and why it fell down at the time.

The quotes from Le Sport 10 back in January and thanks to Pierre, as always, for the translation;

Pourquoi Grenier a dit non à Newcastle

Why Grenier said no to Newcastle

Le 10 Sport got in touch with Frédéric Guerra, Clément Grenier’s agent who explained why the Lyon’s midfielder has not shown interest towards Newcastle proposal.

Reached by telephone today by  Le 10 Sport, Frederic Guerra, agent of Clément Grenier explains the reasons for this choice:

“It is not easy to say no to a big club like Newcastle, but Clement has finally decided to stay in Lyon. Today, with the new football system developed by Rémi  Garde, Clement is now demonstrating that there is even more ability in his game, he is proving it every match.

“With six months to the World Cup, would a last minute departure at the end of the transfer window be a good option? We don’t really know how safe this would be. Plus the OL  is regaining its good performance and Clement did not want to leave the club halfway through the season.”

“THE CONDITIONS OF HIS ARRIVAL AT NEWCASTLE WERE NOT FAVOURABLE”

Frederic Guerra adds:

“Finally, the conditions of his departure did not create a favourable environment for him to flourish. Clement would have arrived at Newcastle, not as Clément Grenier , but as replacing  Yohan Cabaye. I have the utmost respect for the quality of player that Cabaye is, who deserves everything that is coming his way.

“However, as an agent of  Clement Grenier, I also have to ask myself: ‘Is Clément really worth half the value of  Yohan Cabaye?’

Beyond all the reasons that led us to decline the offer of Newcastle, the conditions of the deal did not seem fair to me with regards to Clement.”

If Mike Ashley finances a deal for somebody like Clement Grenier and the player is prepared to come to Newcastle, then fans will maybe have a little bit of hope that just maybe we have something to look forward to.

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