NEWCASTLE United target Clement Grenier has distanced himself from a move to St James’s Park.
The Magpies, looking to replace Yohan Cabaye, have tabled a bid in excess of £10million for the Lyon midfielder (pictured).
But Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is set to reject the offer. And the player himself has suggested that he is not interested in a move to Newcastle in this month’s transfer window. Grenier, however, could be open to a move to Tyneside in the summer.
Speaking at an awards ceremony in Lyon last night, Grenier said: “I haven’t got a lot to say on that subject. I’m not aware of Newcastle’s negotiations. I have lots of objectives, and I need to achieve them with Lyon this year.
“I can almost say I’m not going to Newcastle.”
In any case, it is understood that Lyon and United are some way apart in their valuations of the 23-year-old.
And it remains to be seen whether United owner Mike Ashley will sanction an increased bid given the lack of encouragement from Grenier – and that the club is in no danger of relegation.
Another player who interests the club is Remy Cabella, but Montpellier are unwilling to sell him this month.
Pardew – who yesterday welcomed loan signing Luuk de Jong to St James’s Park – is anxious that the club recruits a replacement for Cabaye, having admitted his departure would leave the team “vulnerable”.
Used well, Pardew feels the money can strengthen the club’s squad.
“This club is never going to be about one player,” said Pardew, who is preparing his players for the 150th meeting between Newcastle and Sunderland on Saturday.
“We’ll use that money, like we did the Andy Carroll money, to make the team better.”
Meanwhile, Sylvain Marveaux has 48 hours to convince Alan Pardew he can make an impact in Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
The midfielder has not made a first-team appearance for Newcastle in FOUR months.
Marveaux’s only recent run-out came in an Under-21 game against Chelsea early last month, which was watched by 365 fans.
But the sale of Cabaye – coupled with a number of injuries and Loic Remy’s suspension – could see the 27-year-old return to the squad for the visit of Sunderland to St James’s Park.
Marveaux was not in the squad for Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Norwich. Asked about Marveaux’s non-involvement at Carrow Road, Pardew said: “Sylvain could be involved against Sunderland.”
Pardew wouldn’t elaborate on Marveaux’s situation, though he has previously talked of the need for him – and others – to apply themselves in training day in, day out.