News today that Henri Saivet is apparently set to join Newcastle and be the first (only?) January transfer window signing.
The Chronicle report that their information is that talks are already underway for the 25 year old Bordeaux player to make the move to Tyneside.
This season has seen Henri Saivet move into the middle rather than playing out wide and he has scored two goals in 17 Ligue One games fro centre midfield.
A former teammate of Yoan Gouffran until Newcastle signed him in January 2013, Henri Saivet has had a number of injury problems in the last 18 months, including problems with his ankle, hamstring, thigh muscle and knee. Last season he only managed seven starts in the league.
The first reports of interest from United came on Boxing Day, with claims that Newcastle’s scouting team had been impressed with what they had seen from the player operating in the middle of the pitch, despite Bordeaux struggling in 14 position in Ligue 1.
Saivet managed no Ligue One goals last year as he was plagued with injuries but in the previous two years he scored eight and six respectively.
Initially playing for the France Under 21s, Henri Saivet elected to play for Senegal, the country of his birth, at senior level.
Both Southampton and Everton were also rumoured to be also interested in the player, with French media reporting that he came to their attention when impressing against Liverpool in the Europa League this season.
If the Chronicle’s information is correct and Henri Saivet does join Newcastle United, there is sure to be a lot of scepticism amongst supporters.
Whilst fans will support any player who signs on for our mad club, it would be asking a lot for a player of Saivet’s profile to come in and make a significant difference.
Earlier today, The Mirror claimed that Newcastle were also looking to sign Henri Saivet’s team-mate, striker Diego Rolan.