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This Player Likely To Be Newcastle’s First Signing

12:33 pm, Friday, January 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 73 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

73 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lochinvar // Jan 1, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    “Henri Saivet has good pace, is known for his dribbling abilities and his all around play is powerful.
    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.”

    Don’t you mean this month Ed or did you write the post in old time back in the USA ! It’s 2016 over here ! Happy New Year

  • 2 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 1, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    The only sensible thing you’ve ever said. We need to spend big money.

    The trouble is Graham Carr could send £100m up in smoke.

    I hope you enjoyed Tsunki’s put down of you as much as I did.

  • 3 toon kk // Jan 1, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    It’s going to be difficult getting quality through the door,we’re hardly a prospective club to join.
    The damage has already been done.

  • 4 jimiley // Jan 1, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    You point out in an earlier blog that the Toon do not just sign French or black players. I am wrong but I just have that impression. However, I made no derogarory comment about either French players or black players and fail to see how it is a racist comment. I think we should spread our net far and wide to get the best players and they will not be exclusively black or French. I would not be happy if we signed 11 Chinese or 11 Geordie players because we are unlikely to get the best players if we limit ourselves to one region or one race. Some Geordies long for the day when we have 11 Geordies in the team. Most unlikely but does that make the supporters racist? Hardly.

  • 5 JamesToon // Jan 1, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Apparently de boer is interested in Swansea vacancy. Surely if he’s interested in them he would come to us???!!!

  • 6 JamesToon // Jan 1, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Once again we have not learnt our lesson on going for French Bordeaux wingers, how the f*** is this guy a ball winning midfielder and a winger??

    Would rather us go for Cork/Wanyama/Thorne

  • 7 Essex Geordie Bill // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Just to repeat what has already probably been said a million times we don’t need new strikers.

    What we have will score goals if they get the right service from he right players starting with the acquisition of Shelvey.

    I don’t post often as typing on this blog is slow and irritating.

    Oh and a happy and healthy New Year to all.

  • 8 posada // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Another one of Carrs misfits.
    he’s a winger, he’s a midfielder.
    Heard it all before.
    He’ll be at the club two months and like a lot of them won’t fit into any particular position.

    I would not trust the judgement of Graham Carr under any circumstances.

  • 9 toon kk // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Although I agree we definitely need more creative players, who’s our real out and out top striker? Who’s our Ba, Remy type player given half a chance the ball was in the back of the net. Our squad has so many flaws it’s unbelievable.

  • 10 jimiley // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    I cannot help but see the irony of my racist comment yesterday that we only sign black or French players!!!! Black AND French. Haha. He must be mad to come here.

  • 11 hibbitt // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    ED the window opens on saturday the 2nd not today…………toon kk the hobbit joke is past its sell by date terry and his family where my mam’s next door neighbours for a long time and great people

  • 12 jimiley // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    James Toon,
    He is a utility player. He can even play in goal. Very handy with a mop as well. But can he score or create goals??

  • 13 Essex Geordie Bill // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Toon kk

    Mitrovic and Perez can both score goals and will if they get the right service. You could bring in Remy or Ba and they would both struggle in the team as it plays and is set up now.

    Oh and it would help us if we had some decisions in our favour for once from refs.

  • 14 mactoon // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    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.

    Just like Thauvin and Cabella?

  • 15 toon kk // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Happy new year,
    Tbh I’m posting off my mobile and hadn’t realised that predictive text had changed your username.

  • 16 Jib // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie
    JIB – I hope you enjoyed Tsunki’s put down of you as much as I did.

    A tad OTT I thought.

    More of a Mr Tuff moment.

    I’m sure he is glowing in your generous approbation

    If Tsunki is happy to be bracketed with Mr Tuff and you , good for him.

  • 17 jimiley // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    After several years of buying young Continental players with no Premiership experience (coz they are cheaper) by an old codger who is past his sell by date, whom we then sell on if they are any good and cannot get rid of if they unimpress,, does anybody see a failing trend at the Toon? And it goes on and on. It will only end in one result. We are getting worse,not better, over the years.

  • 18 Sav // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    We need squad depth and also we need extra quality. I see this lad in the ‘squad depth’ category. Not exactly yanking up the shrubbery in Ligue 1 and at 25 he’s not likely to improve dramatically with Macca. I’d rather see the quality signings in first, that’s all.

  • 19 toon kk // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    I’m not saying they can’t but they still lack experience. Although I agree they lack service.

  • 20 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    This is how our January window should end up:


    Raphael Guerriero – £7m
    Joel Matip – £6m
    Andros Townsend – £8m
    Shelvey – £8m
    Clement Grenier – £9m
    Nathan Redmond – £8m
    Luiz Adriano – £8m


    Williamson £250k
    Colback – £8m
    Tiote – £9m
    Dummett – £8m (C.Palace)
    Saylor – £1m

    Net Spend = £27.75m

  • 21 jimiley // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    I would not be surprised if we signed a defensive midfield player because he is cheap and available. Carr thinks we are fine at CB, FB and creative midfield. A top striker would be a bonus but we have Riviere who is apparently flying in training and is the new signing. We have been Pardewed. You could not make it up. Onwards and upwards with Steve. Cursed.

  • 22 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    We should’ve gone for Ngolo Kante. He’s been fantastic this season.

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Kets…what did you have for New Year?

    You’ll get £3M tops for each of Tiote, Colback and maybe less for Dummett.

  • 24 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Team for Man Utd:


    Janmaat Mbemba Matip Guerriero

    Townsend Sissoko Grenier Thauvin

    Mitrovic Luiz Adriano

  • 25 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    its great to hear that nothing will change this year. instead of going after the the defenders and defensive midfielders we have needed for YEARS, its more of the same. Can someone tell me what we are going to do with a new winger??? you cant play 2 CDMs, a striker, a winger & OUR THREE BEST PLAYERS Perez, Wini, & Sissoko(depending on the day). SOmething has to give, and its not schteve playing 2 of anita/colback/tiote. The criticism of Thauvan is absurd. Give this guy a regular run on the left and THEN judge. How can anyone say he is not good enough when he comes in for the last 10 minutes of a game? FOr me he was the one one bright spot of the West brom game. He did EXACTLY what he was supposed to do- crossed the ball in early. Just because it didnt produce a goal, doesnt mean hes not quality.

    Thauvan haters: OUT

  • 26 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    You’re right they’re worth under £3m each but teams will pay more. Palace had an £8m bid for Dummett turned down by us on deadline day last Sep.

  • 27 spitfire_ // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Colback – £8m
    Tiote – £9m
    Dummett – £8m

    HAHAHAHAHAHA… A good way to start the new year, with crying the eyes. Thank you!

  • 28 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    What’s better? Oslo or Bergen? Oslo was awesome. Bergen is next on the agency.

  • 29 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    We need a Laurent Ro

  • 30 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    We need a Laurent Robert/Ben Arfa type player. We need someone who can score from 40 yards.

  • 31 toon kk // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    I’m afraid any management at Newcastle will have to sign Cashleys Regime small print if they want the job. If we’re short of a player in a cirtain possition we’ll have to compromise. Relegation will be probably the outcome but how do we get a bunch of clueless fks running the club to see the errors of their ways?

  • 32 optimistic prime // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Happy new year

    I need a drink badly

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    On holiday in Thailand right now and away from the doldrums of home, good to see jibberish doesn’t need me around to carry on with his petty insults. Seven hour time difference so might nip out tomorrow night once the bairns are in bed.

  • 34 toon kk // Jan 1, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Have a good holiday Jail, don’t drink too much!!!!

  • 35 Mag52 // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    The institute of Directors have come out and called Ashley’s business practices with SD a “scar” on UK business.
    Seems to me an appropriate description of his involvement with ‘the beautiful game’ as well.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Shame we don’t agree on Pardew as we both have a very strong dislike of Mike Ashley

  • 37 jayphoto // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    @kets – Bergen has a great heavy metal scene. Good fish to eat too. Icy cold, fair few geordies there, its very pretty city.
    Oslo is oslo, it has far more to do and see than Bergen, been to both alot, i could easily imagine living in oslo but wouldn’t want to stay in Bergen longer than a few days

  • 38 lesh // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:28 PM


    Stop nitpicking – when Ed wrote this thread he was in Charnley mode.

    Charnley has his own private transfer window and it starts on 1 February – that’s why we’re able to get a head start on other clubs!!

  • 39 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    This guy won’t solve our problems. Going off those stats you listed he creates a goal every 15 games. This will amount to about 2 assists a season. That got me curious as to how much our other players create so I looked on the premier league site and quickly added it up.

    Dummet – 1 assist every 46 games (46*90 minutes)
    Janmaat – 1 assist every 6 games
    Sissoko – 1 assist every 8
    Anita – 1 assist every 25 games
    Colback – 1 assist every 13 games
    Wijnaldum is getting 1 in 9 including PSV
    Perez 1 in 19

    This means our 7 players who are responsible for creating goals would create 22 goals between them for every 38 games played. Can anyone tell me how Charlie Austin is going to score 20 a season playing with that lot.

  • 40 lesh // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Hang on Ed but where’d this story come from?

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:31 PM


    No need to make youself look a patronising condecending t–t now is there. You’ve got a whole new year to shake that image, there’s a good chap.

  • 42 Vask // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Where’s these line-ups, like?

  • 43 Rotonda heights // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:32 PM


    sorry it just came across a bit wrong sounding.

  • 44 Vask // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    The morra is it? Sh*t!

  • 45 Rotonda heights // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    the next mike

    he fills the criiteria very well then!!!

    the lunatics took over the asylum a long time ago and show no sign of vacating the premises.

  • 46 lesh // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Now if the window’s mot officially open until tomorrow, Charnley’ll have our new CB, LB, striker, winger and CM all signed up, paraded in front of our fans at the Emirates and turning out in the second half to win the game for us.

    Eat your heart out Arsene

  • 47 geordie157 // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    If we do go British, shelvey, berahino and austin will do nicely.

    The Leeds trio of cook, mowatt and byram would all be good to replace the likes of gouffran, marveaux, obertan.

    Can’t think of a prem centre back we could get so go abroad for one matip, vestergaard, tasci, veltman.

    Get more scouts in Spain, Sarabia of getafe looks like a player who’s improving fast.

  • 48 lesh // Jan 1, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Rotonda, Jimily

    You guys remember the black lag in Porridge? McClaren (Jock as Fletch would have him), played by Tony Osoba, had a broad Scottish brogue and was born there.

    Can’t be too careful when trying to generalise about nationalities etc.


  • 49 RUNAWAY777 // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    If Carr is watching him he will no doubt be another flop

  • 50 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    What happened to the horse and cart? How some of us laughed at the time, even more so when so many bought into it.

    To me a horse for the cart is the signings of the modern day Cole, Beardsley, Ginola, Sir Les, Shearer, Lee, Woodgate and Enrique. Over to you Mr Carr. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. It will cost a bit mind, even if you could manage to identify them.

  • 51 2_goal_tino // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Oh good another midfielder cum winger with no premier league experience and nearing the end of their contract. Only thing I’m interested in is who would play CM – him, Sissoko in the middle and Savet on the right or Gini in the middle and Savet on the left.

  • 52 martoon // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Happy New Year guys I’m enjoying the football debates. As it’s a new year could some of you make a resolution to write less posts slagging off other posters and more about football discussion?

  • 53 davis_toons // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Don’t be surprise we are just 1-2 signing away to be a reasonable team.

    Emmanuel Rivière he is only 25 what can be worst? …he can just be like another Obertan.

    They should have suitor if we are willing to sell.

  • 54 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    2015, NUFC’s year of the Horse.

  • 55 JamesToon // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Every decent mid table team in the prem needs at least 3/4 key quality players that make up a spine of the team, that’s what we need to buy this january

  • 56 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    I’d love to see the state of Old man Carr’s garage. I bet it’s full to bursting of deadwood and clutter.

  • 57 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    At NUFC every transfer window’s a Carr boot sale.

  • 58 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Man Utd are in for Dummett. The fee’s apparently around £8m

  • 59 hibbitt // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    blackley….. i would rather his bank balance to see all the back handers for taking other clubs duds

  • 60 hibbitt // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    kets were you got that from ????

  • 61 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    New year. What place finish is Makro predicting now?

    It never ceases to amaze me how Charnley’s and Carr’s choices of top, experienced managers make a professional assessment of our squad and predict a top 8 finish. When many of us know better.

  • 62 jimiley // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Big on you. Now talking about the codger who buys our players. That is definitely ageist and the sooner he goes the better!!!!

  • 63 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    That’s bollox. Even Jib would see that.

  • 64 AncientC // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    I am not sure Carr can be blamed for handing Charnley (Baldrick) a list of potentials with good stats in Ligue 1.

  • 65 Mag52 // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    To be completely fair to Mike Ashley though, he,Charnley and Carr are certainly doing a more than decent job of promoting Anglo French relations at a time when they could get a bit strained over the EU renegotiations.
    His provision of work experience for young French footballers is an example to all the other premiership clubs, especially as it is done, generally, to the detriment of his own team. The ‘union De wingers francais’ are full of praise for his efforts.
    Not only are these young players improving their language skills, their ‘wey ay’s and ‘whoah’s are coming on really well, but they are toughening up in the colder northern latitudes, and gaining invaluable insight into the rougher side of their profession, not to mention the various techniques of diving at which premiership football is so adept these days.
    On completion of their work experience, some of them will move on to warm the benches of the more serious Premiership teams, and, no doubt, much of their enhanced pay packets will be sent back to their mother country, thus assisting the fragile French economy in these difficult times.
    All in all a most praiseworthy contribution by Mike Ashley et al towards the health of the good old entente cordiale, and I was rather surprised not to see his name mentioned, in this respect, in the New Year’s honours list.

  • 66 AncientC // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    The reasons Carr was sent to scout France is because Ashley eyed up the profitable Arsenal model… forgetting the most integral parts of the set up needed for it to work.

  • 67 bladeuser // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    New year resolutions
    SHEEP ? Out
    No more players from France.

  • 68 hibbitt // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    ac……and he was opening shops there…………. no connection of course

  • 69 hibbitt // Jan 1, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    carpet fitters from blaydon………..OUT

  • 70 Ravostag // Jan 1, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Another potential dud midfielder. We need defenders and strikers who can hit the ground running. Pards has messed up bamford get him in cant be worse than mitrovic, cisse snd riviere

  • 71 la.jim // Jan 1, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Ketsbahia9, If we are bringing in all those players you suggested, for a total of 46m,and sell all the others for 26.25m would;nt that be an output of 19.75m,or did i miss something.

  • 72 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 1, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    You’re wrong. The total purchases is £54m.

  • 73 la.jim // Jan 1, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    I stand corrected, i was missing something,your right,

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