There is a report in France in Foot Mercato that talks are underway with Newcastle for the transfer of 25 year-old midfielder Henri Saivet from Bordeaux, who we have been linked with heavily over the last couple of weeks.
Henri is a creative midfielder and it would appear he would give the team something we haven’t got too much of at the moment – creativity in central midfield.
Henri can also play out on the wing so if we get him – a good question would be where would Steve McClaren play him.
Henri Saivet – Bordeaux midfield player
If Steve’s gets a couple of wingers in this month there’s a chance he could move both Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko into central roles for the team.
The fee is said to be €4M for Saivet – which is around £2.9M in today’s exchange rates – so it’s not like we are breaking the bank for the 5 times Senegal capped International.
There was news last week that Newcastle were very interested in the player but that Henri was worried about Newcastle’s league position (wonder why?) – but nothing more on that in the Foot Mercato report.
Henri was not in the Bordeaux squad over the weekend in the French Cup against Frejus St-Raphael – so we could possibly read into that a deal could be close for Newcastle.
Henri is not very expensive that’s for sure – but it does seem he could offer us something that we don’t have much of in today’s side – creativity.
Diego Rolan – Bordeaux forward
There’s a possibility that Newcastle could even do a double deal with Bordeaux and also bring in 22 year-old forward Diego Rolan – and we’ve been linked with the Uruguayan International all season.
And maybe we could even send two former Bordeaux players – Gabby Obertan and Yoan Gouffran – the other way in a part exchange deal.
We do need to move some players out this month so that could even work.