Henri Saivet has now passed his medical at St Etienne.

RMC Sport say that the midfielder will be announced officially as a St Etienne player later this afternoon.

The Newcastle midfielder will be joined at the Ligue 1 club by Jordan Veretout, the two midfielders both set to sign loan deals with neither deal containing a trigger for a permanent deal, according to RMC Sport.

Little by little Rafa Benitez is nibbling away at his squad which is big on numbers, with Kevin Mbabu also going out on loan earlier today – the 21 year old joining Young Boys.

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 were willing to pay half of his reported 200,000 euros (approx £172,000) a month wages.

Saivet hasn’t been included in any of Rafa’s matchday squads so far this season.