Luuk de Jong arrives on Tyneside as NUFC prepare offer for Clement Grenier

Newcastle United are set to make an offer for French international Clement Grenier as striker Luuk de Jong arrives on Tyneside for a medical

Newcastle Chronicle Holland international Luuk De Jong arrives at Newcastle Airport ahead of his medical at Newcastle United
Holland international Luuk De Jong arrives at Newcastle Airport ahead of his medical at Newcastle United

Newcastle United are set to table their first offer for priority target Clement Grenier in the next 24 hours as the club prepare to bank £20million for the sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint Germain.

The Journal understands Newcastle will confirm the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong today, with Joe Kinnear in the North East yesterday to greet the Holland forward.

De Jong jetted into Newcastle Airport in the afternoon and is now set for a debut in Saturday's derby with Sunderland after Loic Remy's sending off at Carrow Road on Tuesday night. United are hoping to get reinforcements in by then – but the Journal understands their sole target is Grenier, who they will make a move for on Wednesday.

United do not intend to deviate from their select list of targets and are likely to leave a move for Remy Cabella until the summer after resistance from Montpellier.

Pardew confirmed Cabaye's departure, which will be rubber-stamped by Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain later today.

He said: "For sure Yohan Cabaye will get in my all-time Newcastle team but we're more than one player.

"We wish him all the very, very best. He wanted to move, he has a dream move and we need to use that money wisely like we did with Andy Carroll."

Pardew now hopes to make swift progress on the transfer front.

He added: "I was on the phone to the powers-that-be today, particularly Mike Ashley, Joe (Kinnear), Lee Charnley and Graham Carr and said 'Let's get moving, let's see what we can get.

"We had one or two targets we're now chasing down. We're hoping (Luuk de Jong) will have a medical and he will come on loan.

"He's a player we really liked when he was in Holland. He went to Germany and it didn't quite happen for him, so this is a second opportunity and we hope he takes it with us."

Pardew said there would be no appeal on Remy's red card, which came after a clash with Bradley Johnson.

The United boss said the Norwich man should be ashamed by his reaction to an altercation with the striker.

He said: "It will over-shadow the game and it shouldn't because we had outstanding performances, particularly Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi who were terrific.

"We were good all over the place and I am scratching my head at how we haven't won it.

"Their heads have come together and it's probably just enough for the referee to send them off but Johnson's reaction was the catalyst from them both getting sent off. He made such a drama out of it, he should be ashamed of himself.

"I'm not going to appeal it because I think there was enough there for Chris Foy to send him off."

Meanwhile, Remi Garde – Lyon's manager - said Grenier would not be sold cheaply.

He said: "The Clement case, I have not discussed with my president. You tell me the interest of Newcastle.

"For Clement, I think it will be the same as with Max (Gonalons)."

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