Newcastle will be trying to get an early deal completed in the transfer window which opened up today, and it seems that the most likely first singing could be Henri Saivet, the 25 year-old Bordeaux winger who can also play in central midfield.
Newcastle really need an early signing to lift the morale of everybody associated with Newcastle which sank to new lows last year.
Henri Saivet – Bordeaux midfielder
Chief Scout Graham Carr has been watching Henri this season and he could provide some much needed creativity and skill in the Newcastle side and is thought to cost Newcastle around £5M.
Saivet has played for all the French Youth sides from U16 through U21 and at that time – when he was rising through the ranks he was hailed as the new Thierry Henry.
While he’s now a good player – Henri nowhere near the class of the former Arsenal star and current Sky Sports pundit.
The Bordeaux captain has been playing in central midfield this season in France and it’s likely that’s where he would initially be deployed at Newcastle if we can sign him.
Henri is a versatile player who could be an excellent first signing for Newcastle in January.
Other Premier League clubs said to be interested in him include Everton, Stoke City, Swansea City and Southampton, but Newcastle are said to be in negotiations with Bordeaux to bring him to Tyneside.
Saivet has played 26 times for Bordeaux this season in all competitions with four goals
The player was born in Dakar, Senegal and moved to Bordeaux back in 2002 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, is known for his skills and dribbling abilities and his all around play is said to be powerful – so he could be well suited to the Premier League.
His contract at Bordeaux still has 18 months to run and Newcastle are in negotiations with Bordeaux trying to reach a deal.