Henri Saivet is expected to take his medical today.
The Newcastle midfielder set to sign for Bursaspor according to various media in Turkey.
The 27 year old spent a loan period at Sivasspor in the second half of last season and the Turkish club’s manager has since moved on to Bursaspor.
Claims of a move to Bursaspor have continued throughout the summer and now it at last looks as though the move will happen.
The reports claim it will be a permanent deal but no indication as to the size of the transfer fee.
Since moving to St James Park in January 2016 for £5m, Saivet has only started three league games, one of those in the two and a half years Rafa Benitez has been at the club.
With an injury crisis leaving no other option, Rafa played Saivet alongside Diame at West Ham and both scored in a 3-2 win that meant Newcastle weren’t in the relegation zone at Christmas.
Along with Lazaar and Aarons, Henri Saivet wasn’t given a squad number when they were released on Friday, Rafa making it clear he and the other two will be left to train and play with the kids if they don’t find another club.
At least with spells out on loan at both Saint Etienne and Sivasspor, Saivet has indicated he wants to play football, rather than sit back and pick up another three years of NUFC wages.
Whilst any transfer fee won’t be massive, Mike Ashley will no doubt be very happy that for these next few weeks, he stands a chance of further increasing the £20m+ summer transfer profit (see below) already made.
Newcastle/Ashley still able to sell players but no longer able to buy.
Turkish clubs can still buy players until the deadline on 1 September, whilst most other major leagues also have at least until the end of August to do the same.
Clubs in England below the Premier League level can still do loans until the end of this month, so very likely a number of young players such as Woodman, Roberts and Longstaff could still go out.
The Mag – 9 August 2018 (transfer deadline day):
Newcastle United have brought in these seven players –
£9.5m Yoshinori Muto
£6m Federico Fernandez
£4m Martin Dubravka
£3 Fabian Schar
£2m Salomon Rondon
£0 Ki Sung-yueng
Whilst these are the ones sold, as well as the main ones who have been released/loaned out –
£22m (could rise to £27m if targets hit) Aleksandar Mitrovic
£10m Mikel Merino
£7.2m Chancel Mbemba
£3.5m Matz Sels
£1.75m (could rise to £3m if targets hit) Adam Armstrong
£0.65 Ivan Toney
£0 Jesus Gamez
£0 Massadio Haidara
Loan Dwight Gayle
Loan Jack Colback
Total £45.1m (rising to possibly £51.35m if targets hit)
On these figures, Newcastle United have made a net profit of £20.6m on deals in and out, which could actually rise to £26.85m if both Mitrovic and Armstrong hit certain targets for their new clubs.
When Mike Ashley said Rafa Benitez could have ‘every penny’ to spend, just what exactly did he mean…?