There´s news in France today that Newcastle are trying to sign Henri Saivet the 25 year-old Bordeaux winger and maybe that´s why the Newcastle scouts were at Bordeaux last Sunday – for the 1-1 Ligue 1 draw against Marseille – to watch the Bordeaux captain in action?
This is the first time to our knowledge that Newcastle have been linked with the 5 times capped Senegal winger who can also play in central midfield.
He has played for all the French Youth sides from U16 through U21.
Henri Saivet – Newcastle after Bordeaux winger
Newcastle are said to be after forwards in January – a winger and a striker – so that fits with Newcastle wanting to bring in a new winger.
We have been linked heavily with Andros Townsend of Tottenham – who has plenty of experience in the Premier League – but he would cost more in terms of both the transfer fee and his wages.
The Bordeaux captain has been playing in central midfield all season, so that makes him a versatile player who could bring some creativity to the Newcastle side.
Other Premier League clubs said to be interested in him include Everton, Stoke City, Swansea City and Southampton.
Saivet has played 26 times for Bordeaux this season in all competitions with four goals and is said to have been tracked by Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr this season.
The player was born in Dakar, Senegal and moved to Bordeaux way back in 2002 from Senegal when he was just 12 years old.
He has played 177 games for Bordeaux with 23 goals and 12 assists since making his debut way back during the 2007–2008 season at the age of 17 in a league match against Lens.
Henri Saivet has good pace, and is known for his dribbling abilities and his powerful all around play.
His contract at Bordeaux still has 18 months to run so it would be a straight transfer if Newcastle can get their man next month.
Either as a winger or central midfield player – maybe this 5´ 9″ Senegal International could fit the bill at Newcastle?
What do you think?
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