Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Face Tough Challenge for Grenier and Sidibe; Sam in Midfielder Hunt

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Face Tough Challenge for Grenier and Sidibe; Sam in Midfielder Hunt

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Sports Writer stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com @sturayner

SUNDERLAND face competition from Italy and from Monaco for two of their French targets.

The Black Cats are monitoring midfielder Clement Grenier and defender Djibril Sidibe as Sam Allardyce looks to upgrade pretty much every outfield department of his side in the summer transfer window.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed the Black Cats have bid for playmaker Grenier, but that he also has an offer on the table from an un-named Serie A club.

Les Gones have transfer-listed the 25-year-old after two injury-hit Ligue 1 campaigns which limited him to only 24 appearances.

"At the moment, we have not had many enquiries," said Aulas, who has made no secret of his desire to move the player on.

"We had an offer from Sunderland, I do not know what the status of that is.

"There has also been an enquiry from Italy.

"He has his own destiny in his hands."

Allardyce is on the lookout for an attacking midfielder, and although Grenier is not prolific in front of goal he does have a reputation for delivering good set-pieces.

Grenier, who has also been linked with Middlesbrough, has two years remaining on his contract at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Newcastle United identified Grenier as a possible replacement for Yohan Cabaye when the midfielder moved to Paris Saint-Germain in January 2014, but had a PS12m bid rejected. His stock has fallen since then, however, thanks to persistent groin trouble.

Monaco are reported to have had a bid for Sidibe rejected by Lille. …

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