Newcastle's potential Cabaye replacement still has 'goals to fulfil' at Lyon

Clement Grenier has been speaking about Newcastle United's interest - and remained sly in his response.

Newcastle United fans had their worst fears confirmed this week - as Paris Saint-Germain offered midfield maestro Yohan Cabaye a homecoming he simply could not resist.

The French international departed for the French capital and was paraded at a press conference yesterday - after ironing out the final details of a £19 million switch to the Parc des Princes.

Immediately Newcastle began looking for a potential replacement.

One man who immediately popped on to the radar was Lyon star Clement Grenier. The talented central midfielder has been compared to Samir Nasri in the past - and was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and Liverpool in 2013.

He signed a new deal at Lyon last summer as his current deal was due to expire in June 2014 - but upon signing the deal the player himself admitted that he did so in order to ensure Lyon got a fee when he eventually did move.

He has spoken before of his interest in playing Premier League football - especially when Arsenal were said keen, so this seems to be a deal that should be rather straight-forward once The Toon agree a fee with Lyon.

The fact is however, the club are not keen to sell.

Lyon have already made it clear, through their protracted saga with Napoli over Maxime Gonalons, that they are happy to wait until the end of the season to make any tough decisions over player departure matters.

As for Grenier, he has broken the silence over a move as well.

He spoke last night about a potential St James Park arrival - and was giving little away:

"Sometimes we do not have our own destiny in our hands. I cannot say what I know and anyway, I do not know lot of things on this issue. Like you, I read the news and I saw my name next to that of Newcastle. But I do not have more information in relation to it. The transfer window closes in a few days. We'll see by then. I still have many goals to fulfil collectively and individually with Lyon. I also hope to achieve one of my goals, which is to go to the World Cup at the end of the season. So it is not too relevant. In my head, I do not think about the market and any possible transfer rumour."

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