Newcastle United will be welcoming back midfielder Henri Saivet this summer according to claims from France.
One of the more bizarre signings under the bizarre Ashley/Carr transfer policy, with Newcastle desperate for defenders and strikers last January to try and fight off relegation, NUFC decided that signing another midfielder was a better option.
On the brief evidence we saw of him in a black and white shirt he didn’t look terrible but most importantly, no better than what United already had.
Playing only 147 minutes in the Premier League for Newcastle under Steve McClaren, Henri Saivet was left totally on the sidelines by Rafa Benitez.
This summer saw a year long loan deal to St.Etienne and the midfielder/winger has made 28 appearances in total.
However, after contributing only one goal and two assists, French media organisation ButFootballClub are reporting that they have been told that the Ligue One club have no interest in keeping Saivet beyond this season.
They say that their information is that along with Benjamin Corgnet and Jerrold Nyemeck, Henri Saivet will not be retained.
However, they report that St.Etienne are desperate to keep Jordan Veretout, who has been on loan from Aston Villa this season, playing alongside Saivet.
The only problem for them is that Villa could be interested in using him next season, or cash in on a player who cost them £8m, with a number of clubs including Juventus said to be interested.
Sadly, Henri Saivet looks to be yet another classic Ashley/Carr signing, a player of limited ability brought to Newcastle as a ‘bargain’ signing and put on Premier League wages.
Just as happened with Marveaux, Riviere and others, Newcastle are now left with a player who wouldn’t be good enough for the Premier League but on wages that are prohibitive for any French club to realistically buy him. At best another loan move looks likely next season, with Newcastle set to pick up part of his wages.