Newcastle United have upped their bid for 23-year old midfielder Clement Grenier as a Yohan Cabaye replacement, according to a report in the Chronicle from Lee Ryder. NUFC have been linked with a few midfielders with the news that Cabaye could be out in the winter transfer window, most notably Remy Cabella and Grenier.
With reports of the Cabella bid failing and him being unable to join until the summer, it appears Joe Kinnear and company have changed their sights to the Lyon midfielder as Alan Pardew pushes the team to make an immediate signing to replace Cabaye.
Grenier, 23, has been capped for the French national team three times and has seven goals with six assists so far in matches with Lyon this season. The Toon already appear to have Luuk de Jong "over the line" for a loan deal with a future fee, per most reports, and adding Grenier to the squad before the end of the window can soften the blow.
Grenier has been compared to Cabaye in his style of play, setting up attacks, scoring goals and his prowess on free kicks which is something that was missed sorely against Norwich City.
Most reports have the deal in the £10 million range, which seems a bit surprising for NUFC's spending, but if they can land the 23-year old midfielder they might actually have done a bit of good business in the Cabaye move.
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