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Former Newcastle star joining Henri Saivet at Bursaspor

8 months ago
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Henri Saivet was eventually confirmed as a Bursaspor player on Saturday.

The midfielder moving on loan for a season after long drawn out negotiations on the details of the loan arrangement.

Now there is news on Tuesday that he is set to be joined by another former Newcastle player at the Turkish club.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is in Turkey to finalise his own loan deal.

L’Equipe reporting that a year long loan is set to be announced imminently.

The central defender will have half of his wages covered by Lyon according to the French newspaper, the player still having two years left on his contract at the Ligue 1 club.

Signed back in January 2013, Yanga-Mbiwa only lasted 18 months and 28 PL starts at Newcastle before moving on loan to Roma and then a permanent deal.

Time flies and I couldn’t believe he is now 29, having been only 23 when moving to St James Park.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa started only one Ligue 1 match last season for Lyon and played regularly for their reserve team, so no wonder Lyon are so desperate to get him out on loan.

Newcastle United official statement – 25 August 2018:

Henri Saivet has joined Turkish Süper Lig side Buraspor on a season-long loan.

The Senegal international midfielder will stay with Yeşil Timsahlar (Green Crocodiles) for the duration of the 2018/19 campaign.

He spent the second half of last term with their Süper Lig rivals Sivasspor, having been loaned out to French side St. Etienne the season before that.

Saivet, 27, joined Newcastle from Bordeaux in January 2016 but has made just eight appearances for the Magpies, scoring once in last season’s win at West Ham.

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