Newcastle United are being linked with a move for French midfielder Clement Grenier this summer. No, we have not gone back in time. The Magpies are reportedly looking to sign the 27-year-old from Guingamp in a £2.6 million deal – according to L’Equipe.
Of course, Newcastle fans will recognise his name from a few years back. In a time when being half-decent and French-speaking automatically made you a Newcastle target Grenier was reportedly the subject of a £11 million bid from Newcastle United.
That deal never went through and in the years that followed it appeared Newcastle had dodged a bullet.
Enigmatically talented as Grenier undoubtedly is, he was also immensely injury prone. Constantly ruled out of action he played just a handful of games a season at Lyon, before a miserable loan spell at Roma, before finally joining Guingamp in January.
It is here where things have turned around. Grenier has bagged five goals and five assists in just 15 games for the club. That is great form but Newcastle must realise they dodged a bullet when they first missed out on Grenier.
Currently, he is in great form but it has been just six months. How long before Grenier is injured again?
If he can sustain such form for an entire season, then perhaps Newcastle should entertain an offer.
But until then, Newcastle are best off steering clear of the talented but unreliable French midfielder.