Clement Grenier is planning on staying put at Lyon this summer despite interest from both Sunderland and Palermo.
The gifted midfielder has been a long-term target for Newcastle, but it is their fierce rivals Sunderland who have now emerged as contenders to sign him.
According to sources in France, the 25-year-old, who started just 10 Ligue 1 games last term, is not part of the club’s plans next season so is expected to leave in the next month.
But L’Equipe has reported that Grenier, who is under contract until 2018, is currently not convinced by Sunderland or Palermo, while a mooted move to Russia is also not in his plans.
So it appears as though the Frenchman is ready to stay and fight for his place at Lyon, the club he joined as an 11-year-old in 2002.