Wednesday lunchtime has seen St Etienne release an official statement confirming that Henri Saivet has joined them.

They confirm that the Newcastle midfielder will be on an initial loan for the full season.

However, there is no mention in the deal that it includes any permanent transfer trigger.

The player made only two league starts since his arrival on Tyneside and hasn’t spent a minute on the pitch since the arrival of Rafa Benitez.

Official St Etienne Statement on Henri Saivet:

‘Henri Saivet is officially committed to ASSE until the end of the season.

Born on 26 October 1990 in Dakar, Senegal, this attacking midfielder, technician, passer and scorer, spent his entire training in Bordeaux, where he initialed his first professional contract in the summer of 2007.

After playing his first game in professional in May 2008, he was loaned in 2011 in SCO Angers, then in League 2. back in Gironde the following season, he stands out as a key element and won the Coupe de France in 2013, 8 goals in 34 League matches.

After fourteen years in Bordeaux, and almost 200 matches under jersey Girondins, Henri Saivet joined Newcastle in January 2016.

He chose Senegal in 2013 and participated in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations 2015. Henri Saivet will be number 11 in Greens.

Henri Saivet:

“I am very happy and relieved to be back. I want to find a good feeling and win with the Greens. It is always difficult to talk about yourself but I think I am a technical player and I will do everything to come up with the motivation and desire.

“The ambiance of Geoffroy Guichard is special, there reigns a real fervour. The fans are behind their team beginning to the end. I talked with former players like Emmanuel Rivière and ASSE Josuha Guilavogui. They described me all this fervour. I am eager to discover this atmosphere.

“In the locker room, I already know Sheikh (M’Bengue), Bryan (Dabo) and Vincent (Pajot), with whom I played in Espoirs. I arrive in a healthy group. I hope we will achieve a good season all together.

Roland Romeyer (President of AS Saint-Etienne):

“Henri ( Saivet ) knows the Championship League 1 and I am sure he will integrate very quickly at the club. He wants to succeed. His determination to succeed and his human qualities have conquered us. The club has made great efforts to achieve a recruitment adapted to our ambitions. Henri Saivet’s arrival follows those of Bryan Dabo Cheikh M’Bengue and Jordan Veretout.” 

Manager Christophe Galtier:

“Henry is a very versatile player on the offensive. Capable of playing on both sides or in support of an attacker. Has all the versatility of the modern player. This is a game accelerator, very at ease to take the set pieces and with a head game. We will have to prepare physically gradually so that he adapts quickly.”