Henri Saivet arrived in Turkey on Tuesday night (pictured below).
Having turned down reported alternative bids from Montpellier and Troyes, the midfielder is set to sign on loan at Sivasspor until the end of the season.
The Turkish club are said to have agreed a loan bid which includes a clause to potentially make the deal permanent at the end of the season,
Starting only three league matches in over two years at Newcastle, he will at least look back at his final NUFC Premier League start with some satisfaction.
A dreadful error gifting West Ham the lead, only for an excellent free-kick goal and decent performance to help Newcastle to a very welcome 3-2 away win on 23 December.
Turkish media are now reporting on Wednesday morning that Henri Saivet has passed his medical and the deal to be officially confirmed very soon (Sky Sports and others are indeed claiming the move has been finalised, with Saivet pictured in his new club’s strip)..
The Newcastle midfielder will be lining up alongside Robinho, the Brazilian cost Manchester City a remarkable £30m+ fully 10 years ago, though in the last four and a half years he has dropped down into playing his football in China and the domestic league in Brazil.
Robinho made his debut off the bench at the weekend but couldn’t prevent Sivasspor losing 1-0, they are currently eighth in the table.
Over in Turkey, Fotomac have published quotes from Saivet about his new team and new team-mate:
“This is the first time I have been to Turkey.
“I am very happy.
“For me Robinho is a brilliant player.
“I am pleased to have a chance to play alongside him.
“I want our fans to support us and hopefully I can play good in the future.”
— Nabil Djellit (@Nabil_djellit) January 30, 2018
Hopefully the departure of Henri Saivet and others, will help ease in a few players who Rafa Benitez does want to play in this relegation fight.