NEWCASTLE United’s efforts to replace Yohan Cabaye before tonight’s transfer deadline are set to come to nothing – leaving the club with an even bigger rebuilding job in the summer.
Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Clement Grenier has ruled out a move to St James’s Park this month.
The 23-year-old had been the subject of a failed £10million bid from the club.
“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 his agent, Frederic Guerra.
Guerra went on to say that Grenier did not want to be seen as Cabaye’s “replacement” in the wake of his France team-mates £20million move to Paris St-Germain.
And the chances of United, who landed Luuk de Jong on a half-season loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, making another signing before the 11pm deadline look remote.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, whose side take on Sunderland at St James’s Park tomorrow, talked of “significant” changes in the summer in his pre-match press conference yesterday.
Loic Remy’s loan from QPR will end, while Shola Ameobi’s contract will expire.
A number of other players, including Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez, will have just one year left on their contracts.
Gutierrez’s days on Tyneside are already as good as over after joining Norwich on loan until the end of the season.
“There will be a couple of changes in the summer,” said a subdued Pardew, who had told the club’s hierarchy that a failure to replace Cabaye in this transfer window would leave his team “vulnerable”.
United are likely to revive their interest in Grenier in the summer, when he could be more open to a move to English football. Montpellier’s Remy Cabella is another option.