CLEMENT Grenier has ruled out a move to Newcastle United – as he didn’t want to be seen as Yohan Cabaye’s replacement.
Newcastle have had a £10m bid for the midfielder rejected by Olympique Lyonnais, and were considering an improved offer.
United were looking to Grenier to replace Cabaye, who this week joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £10m deal.
But Frederic Guerra, Grenier’s agent, has told Le 10 Sport that the 23-year-old isn’t interested in a move to St James’s Park this month.
And the odds are now stacked against the club bringing in a midfielder before this month’s transfer window closes tomorrow night.
“It is not easy to say no to a big club like Newcastle, but we have agreed that he will remain at the club,” said Guerra.
“Clement is trying to make his game even richer, and he is showing that in his matches. With just six months until the World Cup, would a departure from his current club be a good idea?
“I do not think so at all. And also, Lyon are on their way back up and Clement does not want to leave when things are getting better. He does not want to abandon them mid-season.
“Finally, the conditions of his departure would not have allowed Clement to flourish.
“He would have arrived at Newcastle, not as Clement Grenier, but as Yohan Cabaye’s replacement.
“I have the utmost respect for the quality of Cabaye, who deserves everything that has happened to him.
“However, as the agent of Clement, I also have to ask ‘is Clement really worth half of Yohan Cabaye?’
“All these reasons led us to decline the offer of Newcastle. The conditions of the deal did not seem fair to me.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle have also been linked with a move to Benfica midfielder Filip Djuricic.