Newcastle Offer For Clement Grenier Turned Down
Lyon have agreed to sell star man Clement Grenier and rumours again surface that Newcastle may make a bid.
It has now though being revealed that during the World Cup, before United signed De Jong and Cabella, Newcastle had an offer turned down for Clement Grenier.
‘Get French Football News’ have reported that the latest NUFC offer during the World Cup was not only seen as too low by the French club, but that Clement Grenier himself made clear he wasn’t interested in Newcastle and only interested in a club that he saw as a step up and which could offer European football.
When making clear that Grenier was available for transfer, the Lyon Manager Hubert Fournier appears to back up these two viewpoints, stating that offers had been made for the player but they weren’t high enough, while he also talks of the midfielder wanting, “…progression in terms of footballing level” ;
“We have already agreed with certain players they can leave if a good enough offer presents itself.
“Amongst those allowed to leave is Clement Grenier, he asked to go at the end of the season so he could find a club to make a progression in terms of footballing level.”
“For the moment, we have not had any satisfactory offers. There have been offers because he is a quality player who is wanted a lot around the world.
“However, they were not seen to be adequate by the club.”
Looking at the situation, it would appear that Clement Grenier is likely to have been an alternative to one of Siem De Jong and Remy Cabella as those are the two positions he plays in, either behind the main striker or wide midfield.
It would be a great signing if Newcastle could still attract Grenier, as he is more highly rated than either De Jong or Cabella, and only missed out on the World Cup due to injury.
However, with the player apparently aiming higher and Newcastle possibly spent up with their signings so far, it looks a real longshot.
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