Grenier could become a star for Newcastle if he stays fit

Newcastle United are interested in signing Guingamp midfielder Clement Grenier, according to L’Equipe.

What’s the story?

27-year-old Grenier played most of his career at Lyon before he signed for Guingamp in January this year.

The versatile midfielder has impressed since his move, scoring five goals and assisting four in 14 games.

Grenier is comfortable playing in both central and attacking midfield positions and is valued at £3.6million on Transfermarkt.

According to L’Equipe, Grenier could be available for as little as £2.6million as he only has 12 months remaining on his current contract, but Newcastle will have to see off interest from Fulham, Rennes, Fenerbahce and AC Milan.

What’s the catch?

So far, so good for Newcastle, as it seems an in-form player in a position they need strengthening could be available on the cheap this summer.

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The main problem with Grenier is his injury record which has seen him play only 29 times in the last three seasons.

Rafa Benitez will have to weigh up the risks but at £2.6million, he could be worth a punt.

Newcastle have had success identifying gems from Ligue 1 and Grenier has the ability to become another if he manages to stay fit.