Arsenal were the first to make a concrete offer for the France international this term, seeing a £10m offer rejected in August – a move that saw the 28-year-old go on strike at St James' Park.
Cabaye would later resolve the dispute with his employers though has remained in the spotlight as a potential departure, Newcastle reportedly turning down a fresh £14m bid from PSG at the weekend.
On Monday the Magpies appear to have bucked the trend of incoming tenders, however, as L’Equipe have maintained that Alan Pardew’s club submitted a €13m offer for Lyon’s Grenier. Newcastle have been more closely linked to Montpellier's Remy Cabella this month.
The French newspaper has alleged that the Toon see 23-year-old Grenier as the idea replacement for Cabaye – though Lyon are unwilling to sell.
Les Gones have been subjected to intense pressure on the transfer market in January, Napoli pressing for Maxime Gonalons earlier this month before the Stade Gerland outfit nixed the deal at the last minute.
And president Jean-Michel Aulas appears to not have taken kindly to Newcastle’s desire for Grenier either – unwilling to flog off a key cog mid-season, even for a considerable sum.
Yet what’s most telling about the situation – if reports are to be believed – is that Newcastle are seemingly preparing for life without Cabaye.
PSG’s advances may have been rebuffed, but it may only be a case of the Tynesiders holding out for more money – something Les Parisiens have plenty of.
As well, the risk of Manchester United and Arsenal entering the race has been raised – so it seems ever less likely the Frenchman’s career at St James’ Park will last much longer.
If Newcastle are able to strike a deal for his replacement, the process will be accelerated even further.
Grenier may not be the man given Lyon’s documented hesitance to sell, but if Mike Ashley and company are promised enough compensation, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Cabaye could be out the door even before a successor is secured.
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