Monday morning brought confirmation from St.Etienne that they wanted Henri Saivet.

The Ligue 1 club’s vice-president Roland Romeyer telling French media that Saivet is on their ‘short list’ of players that they want to bring in before the end of the transfer window.

On Tuesday, Rafa Benitez confirmed that talks were ongoing to get a number of unwanted players out of St James Park to make room for more new signings, with the likes of Cheick Tiote and Henri Saivet topping that list.

Neither midfielder has been included in the opening two matchday squads and Wednesday has seen France Football report that the final details are being agreed between the parties and that Henri Saivet will join St.Etienne this week on an initial loan deal, with it set to include a trigger to make the deal permanent once he has made a certain number of appearances.

In Rafa’s five months at St James Park, Henri Saivet has not managed to play a competitive minute of football under the Newcastle boss and Sunday brought claims from L’Equipe that St.Etienne wanted Saivet on an initial loan and were willing to pay half of his reported 200,000 euros (approx £172,000) a month wages.

The Ligue 1 season started this  past weekend with Henri Saivet’s old club Bordeaux winning 3-2 against his new suitors St. Etienne.