Moving on poor signings has been a constant problem at Newcastle United.
All clubs have this issue to some extent but Newcastle have it worse than most, having had a policy of overwhelmingly targeting players from weaker European leagues.
The net result being that players arrive at Newcastle on higher wages than is the norm from the league they have come from.
Then when/if they flop, the only league(s) they are likely to be good enough to play in, are the ones who pay wages far less than in the Premier League.
Which brings us to Henri Saivet.
Earlier this week we brought you news (see below) that he could be on the verge of Joining Bursaspor in Turkey, having made only three league starts for NUFC in his two and a half years on the club’s books.
It was Turkish newspaper Olay which reported the impending transfer but now on Thursday morning they have revealed that any move looks dead in the water, due to wage demands from Henri Saivet.
They claim he has demanded 1.2m euros per year, which is around £1.05m, roughly twenty grand a week. A figure which the Turkish club won’t/can’t pay.
It has been obvious for the entire time that Rafa Benitez has been here (Henri Saivet was bought two months before Rafa took over) that he wants to shift the midfielder.
The fact we still have him at Newcastle tells you that the player has to compromise on his NUFC wages or else he will never be sold.
Only this week we have seen news of Massadio Haidara now supposedly at last fixed up with a new club, RC Lens in the French second tier. He is a typical example of many of the poor signings under Graham Carr and Mike Ashley.
Brought in as a young player from a weaker foreign league who they hoped would increase in value, instead we ended up stuck with him for the entire length of his ludicrously long five and a half year contract. Despite not getting a single league start for almost a full final three years of his time at NUFC, Haidara turned down clubs, including St Etienne last summer, because he preferred to stay at SJP not playing, rather than take less in wages to play football.
At the moment we are stuck with a load of players on long contracts such as Sels (five year contract ends 2021), Saivet (five and a half years ends 2021), Mbemba (five years ends 2020), Lazaar (five years ends 2021) and others, all brought in from lower wage overseas leagues, put on ludicrously long contracts.
The Mag – 4 June 2018:
Amongst the many disastrous Newcastle signings under the Graham Carr/Mike Ashley partnership, was Henri Saivet.
With Newcastle desperate for goalscorers and defenders back in January 2016, adding a run of the mill central midfielder to a squad battling relegation was baffling.
Just as baffling, was that as well as a £5m transfer fee to Bordeaux, Mike Ashley gave Henri Saivet a ridiculously long five and a half year contract.
With three NUFC league starts in the opening two and a half years, that now leaves the Senegalese midfielder with another three years on Newcastle’s books, unless they can move him on.
Salvation could be at hand, as Turkish newspaper Olay, now reports that Bursaspor are in talks with Newcastle United to try and sign Henri Saivet.
Now 27, after a year on loan at Saint Etienne in 2016/17, Saivet spent the second half of last season at Sivasspor (Saivet pictured above signing on at Sivasspor in January), helping them to finish seventh in the Turkish league table.
The manager that took him on loan there was Samet Aybaba and the Turkish media outlet says that now he has moved to Bursaspor, who finished 13th last season, the manager wants the Newcastle player to follow him to his new club.
Henri Saivet played 12 times for Sivasspor in his loan spell and now Olay claim that Bursaspor want to take the midfielder on an initial loan deal for next season, with an option to buy at the end of it.
Rafa Benitez clearly wants to move on a player he has no use for, having only given him only one league start in over two years, and that was when Newcastle had a central midfield shortage last December. However, with a need to generate funds for buys this summer, Rafa Benitez would much prefer a simple sale of the midfielder.
At the very least, you would expect Newcastle to only allow another loan arrangement, if it contained a non-negotiable permanent deal trigger after a nominal number of games, as was the case when Florian Thuavin and Remy Cabella left. Meaning there would be a smaller initial loan fee and then a permanent deal transfer fee to be paid next summer.
Newcastle fans are hoping that if/when a few players can be moved out quickly, it can help Rafa Benitez to bring in his own signings sooner rather than later.