It looks clear that Rafa Benitez will have to do some serious wheeling and dealing if he is to shift a significant number of unwanted players from his squad.

In a perfect world that would see the Newcastle boss getting into double figures in terms of departures and one high up on the list is Henri Saivet.

To move on Saivet and others, Rafa will surely need to have been given the freedom to take offers way below what Newcastle paid for certain players.

Hopefully not having to give them away as in the case of Emmanuel Riviere but Mike Ashley having to accept the reality.

Over five weeks ago, Turkish newspaper Olay reported that Newcastle were in talks with Bursaspor (see below) with regard to a Henri Saivet transfer, the club looking to take the midfielder on loan with buying option at the end.

The talks ended with no agreement, Newcastle later said to be insisting on the club buying the player up front to guarantee he would be shifted.

Now the same newspaper (Olay) report that Bursaspor are still interested and haven’t given up on Henri Saivet, wanting to totally revamp their midfield with both the Newcastle player and Paulo Henrique Ganso coming in.

Whilst Saivet has made only three league starts for Newcastle in two and a half years (three years still left on contract), the 28 year old Ganso has fared only slightly better with 12 La Liga starts in two years at Sevilla after arriving from club football in Brazil.

For the Henri Saivet deal to happen, Olay say that Bursaspor need Newcastle to lower their demands on the transfer fee.

Whilst the sale of Mikel Merino is set to go through, he has a (£10.5m) buyout clause and is seen as a player on the up.

Claims of near misses on selling the likes of Sels, Saivet and Mbemba however, have all suggested Newcastle need to accept they won’t get their valuations on unwanted players who have hardly played for NUFC.

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



  • mentalman

    If the midfield shortage happens again we could see the ginger pirlo back in yhe team

  • Mxpx

    This guy isn’t bad you know another player who is worth a second look

    • Geordiegiants

      I think he has looked ok when I’ve seen him, but Rafa see’s him day in day out and obviously doesn’t see what he wants.

    • HarryHype59

      On the few occasions I have seen him play, he has looked a decentish player. He scored a good goal last season against WHU.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Rafa has no say in the fees, coming or going, only the Fat Lad sanctions either

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Is this the same Bursaspor that bought jon Bostock in January & didn’t pay him a penny in wages because they couldn’t afford too?

    Now he’s left to Toulouse. Outside of The Istanbul 4, Turkish teams never ever pay fees or wages, we’ll be chasing the lira for years

    And isn’t the lira almost worth nothing at the minute thanks to Erdogan’s reforms

  • robbersdog

    What’s the fee – a box of Turkish Delight?

    • Peter C

      That’s about as much as he’s worth, currently.

      Ashley / the club need to be realistic, regarding players who haven’t contributed anything, in playing terms.

      It’s not the current managers’ fault that he inherited, players like Saviet, Mbemba and Jack Colback, which he doesn’t want, but he must take responsibility for the likes Achraf Lazaar and Matz Sels.

      The club / Ashley must decide if they are going to take a hit, ie on any transfer fee, or keep paying millions in salaries, for players who will only be keeping their backsides warm at best, on the subs bench.

      In my eyes it would be far better to move them on, as the club will still recoop a little something, no matter how small.

      However I believe, Ashley is the kind of person, who uses a teabag more than once, and would be looking to screw the very last drop, out of anyone who shows the slightest bit of interest in doing business with the club.

      Sometimes it’s just better to draw a line under everything and move on, but I fear not, with Mr Mike Ashley, who has to have the last word and the upper hand, it just must be in his genetic makeup, to get one over on everyone he meets.