Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says that he is “hopeful” a deal for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier can be pushed through before the transfer window closes.
The French international has been lined up as a replacement for compatriot Yohan Cabaye, who recently completed his £20m move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Upon receiving the funds for their playmaker, the Magpies immediately weighed in with an offer – thought to be around £10m – for Grenier, who has been earning rave reviews for his Ligue 1 displays.
Although the player himself has expressed doubts as to whether a move will happen this month, Pardew remains optimistic that he’ll get his man:
“We have two days left and we will have to wait and see,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“I’m obviously hopeful and that’s where I sit today.
“He has tremendous creative technical ability and he’s a player that Newcastle fans would love to see at the football club.
“But he’s still not our player, so until he is… I will wax lyrical about him then.”
A fee is yet to be agreed between Newcastle and Lyon, but an agreement could be reached before the deadline passes.
Grenier has also been linked with Arsenal, but the Gunners are unlikely to make a move during the current window.