On the eve of the January transfer window opening, the Chronicle reported that Newcastle had already began talks for the 25 year old Bordeaux player Henri Saivet to move to Tyneside.
This season has seen Henri Saivet move into the middle of midfield rather than playing out wide and he has scored two goals in 17 Ligue One games.
Now there are reports in France also saying that talks are underway, with Foot Mercato claiming that a source close to the player has said that a move for around 4m euros is being discussed.
Sunday saw Bordeaux just scrape through 3-2 in the French Cup against minnows Frejus St-Raphael and Henri Saivet wasn’t included in the 18 man matchday squad.
Whether this was simply a case of playing a weakened team in the cups (which Newcastle fans know all about), or protecting him from injury due to a potential transfer, is unknown.
Saturday sees Bordeaux face Montpellier in Ligue 1 and absence then would be more significant.
A former teammate of Yoan Gouffran until Newcastle signed him in January 2013, Henri Saivet has had a number of injury problems in the last 18 months, including problems with his ankle, hamstring, thigh muscle and knee. Last season he only managed seven starts in the league.
The first reports of interest from United came on Boxing Day, with claims that Newcastle’s scouting team had been impressed with what they had seen from the player operating in the middle of the pitch, despite Bordeaux struggling in 14th position in Ligue 1.
Saivet managed no Ligue One goals last year as he was plagued with injuries but in the previous two years he scored eight and six respectively.
Initially playing for the France Under 21s, Henri Saivet elected to play for Senegal, the country of his birth, at senior level.
Both Southampton and Everton were also rumoured to be also interested in the player, with French media reporting that he came to their attention when impressing against Liverpool in the Europa League this season.
If the Chronicle’s information is correct and Henri Saivet does join Newcastle United, there is sure to be a lot of scepticism amongst supporters.
Whilst fans will support any player who signs on for our mad club, it would be asking a lot for a player of Saivet’s profile to come in and make a significant difference.
In recent days, Newcastle have also once again been linked with a move for Henri Saivet’s team-mate, striker Diego Rolan.