Before the transfer window even opened, there were claims that 25 year old Bordeaux player Henri Saivet would be Newcastle’s first signing this month.
Regular updates, on both sides of the Channel appeared to confirm that there was genuine interest, with talk of a deal worth around £3m brining the Senegal international to Tyneside.
This transfer now appears imminent, with The Times reporting that Henri Saivet flew into Newcastle Airport on Sunday night.
Times reporter Gary Jacob putting the following message on Twitter this morning:
“Henri Saivet flies into Newcastle United last night to talk move from Bordeaux.”
This season has seen Henri Saivet move into the middle of midfield rather than playing out wide and he has scored two goals in 18 Ligue One games.
On Saturday Saivet played the full 90 minutes as Bordeaux won 1-0 at Montpellier to put them 12th in Ligue 1.
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 the league.
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.
Newcastle have also once again been linked this month with a move for Henri Saivet’s team-mate, striker Diego Rolan.