Newcastle United must up £8m bid for Lyon’s World Cup absentee

Clement Grenier

Injured France star Clement Grenier has hinted that he could be open to a move away from Olympique Lyonnais but only if the price is right.

Newcastle United have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of Clement Grenier after the player admitted he would be willing to leave the club – but only if Lyon received the right financial offer.

The Magpies have been linked with a move for the midfielder for some time, having previously tabled a bid of around £8 million for the 23-year-old back in January.

However with Lyon rejecting the bid, having valued the player at around £15 million, it was feared that the Toon’s interest in the France international would end there.

But in a fresh twist Grenier has taken to the club’s official website to issue something approaching a come-and-get-me plea to any potential suitors, including Newcastle United.

“You never know what can happen,” he said.

“I’m at Lyon, but I know that economic reasons may change that…If it happens then it will, in any case, be a decision made together.”

He also added: “If it allows me to take the next step and it helps the club….”

The announcement comes just days after teammate and Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons rejected a move to Napoli in favour of remaining with the French side.

That decision came after discussions with newly-appointed Lyon manager Hubert Fournier.

The former Reims boss had hoped to convinced Grenier to also commit his future to the club but with the 23-year-old pushing for a move, the Ligue 1 side could be set for more departures.

Alexandre Lacazette has been linked with a move away and could follow Grenier out of the club this summer, with the young striker regarded as hot property after scoring 23 goals for the club last term.

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