It looks as though there could be transfer movement at last at Newcastle United but it is set to be a player moving out, rather than in.
On Wednesday afternoon, L’Equipe have reported that Henri Saivet is in ‘advanced talks’ with Montpellier and a deal is expected to be concluded today.
They say that it will be an initial loan for the rest of the season, with also an option to buy.
If a move does happen, then it will surely be with a binding permanent clause in it – if Henri Saivet plays a required amount of matches.
Rafa Benitez said in recent days that he is keen to see players come in and others move out in January but he added that no players he would potentially use would go out on loan.
Henri Saivet probably wouldn’t fit into that category (players likely to be used).
As despite starting against West Ham on Saturday 23 December, it was only because of extreme circumstances with injuries and suspensions ruling out Shelvey, Hayden and Merino.
Indeed, even though he scored a cracking free-kick that day and played ok, Henri Saivet hasn’t even made the bench for any subsequent Premier League matches.
The West Ham game has been his only PL involvement apart from three unused substitute selections early in the season.
Even for the Luton FA Cup match, Saivet only got nine minutes as a late sub.
L’Equipe report that the permanent clause figure/deal is thought to be 5m euros (approx £4.4m) if the Montpellier move goes through.
The French club are having a decent season and are currently eighth in Ligue 1, only six points off fifth.
Last season Henri Saivet was on loan at St Etienne and if Newcastle are indeed to permanently shift him, it looks all but certain that it would be a transfer back to a French club, Newcastle having paid Bordeaux £5m for the midfielder back in January 2016.
The player only starting three league matches for Newcastle in the two years since he signed.