Pardew could turn towards Villa star as Grenier deal collapses

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Newcastle United could turn to Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph to fill the void left by Yohan Cabaye’s departure to PSG after being frustrated in their attempts to land Lyon’s Clement Grenier.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew has made contact with the Ligue 1 side about acquiring the services of Grenier but after the 23-year-old insisted he is happy at the Stade de Gerland the former Charlton and West Ham boss may have to look elsewhere.

With the transfer window deadline looming ever larger Pardew may be tempted to revisit an old Newcastle target in Delph after the club attempted to land the 24-year-old from Leeds.

Newcastle missed out then, with the Villans able to offer the Englishman more first team opportunities, but with a Cabaye-shaped hole in the Magpies’ squad now could be the time to make a move.

Pardew’s men currently lie eighth in the Premier League table, five points behind sixth placed Everton, and if the St James’ Park outfit are to oust the Toffees by the end of the season to secure European football next term then midfield reinforcement needs to be finalised before the window closes.

Newcastle’s penchant for French talent means that Montpellier’s Remy Cabella is also a consideration to be Cabaye’s replacement but a move for Delph would be advantageous to all parties.

The Magpies would obtain a player with five Premier League campaigns under his belt and with his best year’s ahead of him, while Delph would increase his chances of playing in continental competitions and give his international chances a boost at the same time.

Newcastle are priced at 22/1 to finish in the top six and while the loss of Cabaye could dent those hopes a signing of the quality of Delph, who is now ever present in the Villa line-up, could ensure they maintain their threat at the business end of the season.

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