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.



  • NUFCLX

    If signing’s like this, plus the others referenced above does not persuade Ashley to back Rafa on transfers then nothing will.

    • steve

      In his few appearances last season £4 million Saivet didnt look any less suited to the Premier League than £20 million Aquilani. Lets stop pretending Rafa can do no wrong.

      • Geordiegiants

        I don’t think any one thinks that, but on the whole he gets more right than wrong.

      • NUFCLX

        He started 2 games and did not get a sniff of the first team from Rafa. If he was that good why are they sending him back.

        • Gordonthetoony

          Because they would have to pay money for him and his wages are higher than most French clubs pay. He is no worse than Diame or Colback.

  • Damon Horner

    Not seen anything of him this season but his lack of appearances this season could have been political within the club and consequently that coupled with relegation might have made him push for a move out.
    I say get him in for pre-season training and let Rafa assess him, not ruled out he could be useful just yet.

  • 1957

    Would Saivet have been any less effective than Diame?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I wouldn`t have thought so

  • giimps

    maybe just as simple as he cant speak English very well, Rafa would rather play a poorer English speaking player than a good non English speaker if given the choice.
    I think players he wants are given the chance to do what he asks, if they dont understand or make a lot of mistakes they disappear till they get better at doing what he wants.
    Saivet (as i remember him , was not a bad player and will be given the chance in pre season, as will De jong and possibly Riviere, one or two might shine, one or two IMHO will never shine ( il leave it to your imagination which one is as dull as the dullest thing on a dull day wearing a dull hat )).