Newcastle United have released an official statement confirming that Henri Saivet has signed for NUFC, the first arrival of the transfer window.
United say that the midfielder has signed a five and a half year contract, which takes him up to his 30th birthday.
The club are saying ‘undisclosed fee’ but a figure of around £5m has been widely reported.
The usual quotes are included, with the player claiming there is nothing in France that compares to St James Park – the likes of Lyon with their brand spanking new 59,000 capacity stadium might disagree!
Manchester United will surely be too early for our first sighting of the player and so we wait to see whether he will be involved on Saturday against West Ham.
Steve McClaren says that the club have been watching Henri Saivet for a while, which would appear to rubber stamp the perception that this is another player where Newcastle’s interest pre-dates the Head Coach and once again questions whether he has any say at all in who arrives at St James Park.
Official Newcastle United Statement
‘NEWCASTLE SIGN HENRI SAIVET
Newcastle United have completed the signing of Senegalese international Henri Saivet from Bordeaux.
The 25-year-old central midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal at St. James’ Park, arriving for an undisclosed fee.
Saivet came up through the ranks at Bordeaux, making his first team debut in 2007 at the age of 17.
He went on to make 178 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in all competitions, scoring 23 goals, and featured in both Europa League group games against the Magpies in the 2012/13 campaign.
“I am very happy to be here at Newcastle,” said Saivet.
“I am really proud to be able to play for this Club, and I am really excited at the challenge that lies ahead.
“St. James’ Park is a really impressive and special stadium. In France there is nothing that compares to this, and I can’t wait to get out there with my new teammates and help the team climb the table.”
Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren said: “Henri is someone the Club have been watching for a while, and he has developed into an excellent player at Bordeaux.
“This is someone with a very good mentality, who is a tough player and a winner. Those are key qualities you need in the Premier League and we are looking forward to seeing him pulling on the Newcastle United shirt.”
(To watch video footage of goals and assists by Henri Saivet go HERE)