As Newcastle have lost arguably their best player in Yohan Cabaye to PSG, they have tried to sign a replacement in Clement Grenier.
Grenier turned 23 on the 7th January and he despite his young age he has acquired a lot of experience. Since becoming a first team regular last season, Grenier has scored 11 goals in Ligue 1 (7 goals in 28 appearances last season, 4 goals in 20 appearances this season).
This is very much in line with Cabaye's form when he was in France playing for Lille. Therefore, it is no surprise Grenier's form has earned him three caps for France and he is in the running to be in the World Cup squad.
With Lyon in 6th and 7 points behind Lille in the final Champions League spot and having failed to qualify in the Champions League since 2011, Lyon are no bigger than Newcastle.
In the Premier League Grenier can look forward to a bigger wage and a bigger audience to showcase his skills, thus boosting his chances of making the World Cup squad.
However, with Lyon rejecting an £11 million offer, it looks as though Newcastle may have to break their record transfer fee (£16 million in 2005 to sign Michael Owen) if they land their replacement for Yohann Cabaye.