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.



  • SuperDesHamilton

    Came here as a double winning captain & French international, left completely & utterly Pardew’d!

    • Ram Kishore

      I do still believe carr was a very good chief scout .. Dislike for Ashley creeps into everyone who’s employed by him..
      I expected carr to go along well with Rafa.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Its more of Pardew being a terrible manager & playing a lad who was a centre half constantly at left back, it was beggars belief. Pardews obsession with left backs was borderline creepy. A remember we had 3 playing against Chelsea away one time! Bet he was creaming in his pants

        • mentalman

          He along with a few players were never allowed to settle in to the team in their own preferred position. A couple of bad performances and they were slung on to the scrap heap

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A can barely remember him playing centre half, always shoe horned in at left back for a reason only god & Pardew know

          • NUFCDan

            He played a couple of time at centre back from what I remember but only ever with Colo. Him and Colo were a terrible pairing as neither were very tall and both wanted to play the ball out from the back. I think he was probably signed as a Colo replacement but then he never ended up leaving.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’re probably right, Colo ended up outlasting him & the manager.