Are Newcastle Trying to Close Double Deal With Bordeaux?


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

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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117 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #1

    More speculation but there could be a profit to be made.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #2

    No thanks.

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  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Sadio Mané and Koeman have had a major falling out , I hope the club is monitoring the situation , he is pure class.

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  • TikiTakaAcca

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Saivet is trash.

    I’m sure people on this blog will still say he’s good though by looking at his FIFA card lol.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib

    The fall out is rumoured to be about Koeman not letting him leave for a top club so I dont think we can really capitalise on that.

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  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #6

    According to the Southampton press it is over his tardiness for meetings and training.

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  • martoon

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    From last topic – repost:
    Jib @16 – while I admire your optimism I’ve got more chance of being the next NUFC manager than Guardiola 🙂

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #8

    yes,

    we absolutely, positively, most certainly NEED more French players….

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone followed Jordan Rhodes form?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib

    yes but the tardiness has come from him trying to force a move.

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  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #11

    martoon

    I was bloody furious when Fat Freddy pooh-poohed the Guardiola signing .

    SBR wanted Luis Enrique as well and that was knocked on the head.

    If you think about it loads of managers got their start and inspiration from Sir Bobby.

    Mourinho , Guardiola , Luis Enrique , André Villas-Boas , and most Dutch managers , you’d think we could get one of them !!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #12

    B&B so your question remains unanswered? OK. Given that you haven’t disagreed with the current status as I described the financial interaction of Mike, nufc, and SD, I assume the question you are trying to get the answer for is ” what is Mike playing at?” I take it you think he should be earning nufc money with ground advertising, paying off his ‘loan’ sharpish, and getting around to making a tidy profit year on year that will mean we can buy good players, a good manager and a successful coaching setup so we can press on? If that is where your questioning is going, I surmise it’s because he doesn’t want to do those things, and that it’s SD’s interests and his fat 51% is all that concerns him. Otherwise, like you, I don’t know what he’s playing at.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Can we afford this Mike? Three million pounds is a lot of cash after all. And if wor Thaujam can’t get more than a few minutes a game for millions more how does this make sense? Surely we’ve been down this road far too often in the last few years.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Welcome to the conveyor belt of mid-20’s used to play in the international youth side but somehow never quite reached their early potential tread water players.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #15

    dok

    he’s senegalese

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Baggage retrieval.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #17

    We should have moved several players on years ago, or even given them away as the useless sick notes and shirkers they are. Saylor? Useless. He might have been worth 2-3 M 2 seasons ago. Obertan? Always useless. Never worth anything. Marveaux? Was never going to make it with us. Several more are on loan with Championship sides. Get rid of for small fees if possible. What a mess. Stop the kiddie parade from France. What a joke this has become. I’m speaking of Vuckic, Sammeobi, and Bigi. I would move Tiote on given a chance as well. And Dummett is never going to make a good enough left back Carr and McLaren. This is a mountain of a job to do.

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  • martoon

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib @11 – I understand what you are getting at but unfortunately under Ashley the club is too far removed from the SBR days for it to count for anything!

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #19

    wrong players at the wrong time

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Diego Rolan does not look like what we need. I despair if this is there striking answer. Saviet may help our cause but we need shelvey to not instead of him. Horrible feeling they are trying to solve the issue with shirt buttons again. We need quality natural finishers not a fella with a poor striking record.

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  • reilly

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #21

    fills ya with hope doesnt it.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Tsunki
    It’s a no frills question? Why doesn’t he have NUFC charge a full commercial rate for the advertising. All the arguments I can think of would suggest he’d be better off given his percentagr shareholdings jn each company never mind the other financial reasons we went through earlier. I thought jack root might shed dome light.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Will Assley stay with Charnley, McLaren and Carr if we get relegated? Or will Ashley manage to find somebody worse? I fear for the future of the club.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #24

    I would sooner keep Gouffy or Marveaux. That’s how good this player is.If we are planning for life in the championship then give him a shot but otherwise no thanks.
    He’s more injury prone than Andy crock carroll and I just don’t see what he would bring to the squad.
    Mr T and Anita and Colback are better than this lad, So please Carr spend it on a position we need please

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Tired of the runaround from Ashley and co. It never ends. McLaren: “we’re better than our record indicates. We’ve been unlucky in quite a few games.” It doesn’t matter McLaren. We have to actually score more than the other side to get the points. Do you get it now Steve? We have four wins from 20 games. Does that make you worry at all Steve? Step away son. You’re not up to the job. And take Charnley and Carr with you.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Blackley it needs more frills then
    You’re looking for a simple answer to the machinations and squirming of a man labelled as ethically relaxed by many of his business peers. My posit is clear – he derives more financial gain this way, and the tax relief gained by having nufc bubble at the brim of unprofitability makes it worth his whole not making too much noise with the revenue man. Not qualifying for CL Tax, no tax on repayments for interest free loans, no pack drill. Bonus ball is he can keep telling the paying fans who are subsidising his tax exempt venture that he can’t really afford the club to wipe it’s own nose, bolt a horse onto the cart or make it’s own luck just yet, but please be patient. While I keep doing….this.

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  • GeordieinOhio

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #27

    I fear that if this is the quality of players (using the word quality loosely) that the club is RUMORED to be interested in my assumption was right, that if we had a bad start to the season assley would not spend big in the jan window….guess we will have to wait and see tho!

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  • nufc786

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #28

    The scout reports…

    Henri Saivet was fired into the limelight when he signed his first contract with Bordeaux, aged just 16.

    Since then he has been singled out as not just Bordeaux’s big hope, but also one of France’s.

    His excellent pace has seen him compared to Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry – but that is the only comparison you could make with either player at the moment.

    Saivet has just not progressed as many would have thought although much of the expectation on him has been unfair.

    He has featured just three times for Bordeaux’s first team and this season his progress was hampered by a foot injury early in the campaign.

    Saivet is now hoping to return to full fitness and progress back into the first-team fold.

    The Scout says…

    The Senegalese-born forward has talent and the attributes to become a very good player, but he is still way off the status many think he is. A couple of years without the media glare could be the making of him.

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/15198/4511563/sky-sports-scout-henri-saivet

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  • toon kk

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #29

    The whole club is being run on risks and chances taken by a bunch of clueless money grabbers, who haven’t the brains to realise their regime and stupidity is not just costing money but ripping it apart.

    One of my biggest concerns is how many fans have accepted watching dross football and if we do go down the club will struggle to get back into the premier league ever again.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Blackley & Tsunki

    Mainly for Blackley this but hey ho.

    Owning a football club is more of a hobby / plaything rather than a money making profit yielding business. When Ashley bought NUFC he’d already told people he wanted an advertising vehicle tool for his sports direct. Since buying nufc mash holdings have branched out to eastern Europe, Asia, far east and other places, this has been done on the back of nufc as the worldwide advertising SD gets and other mash holdings subsidiaries would need to start off massive marketing campaigns and money to reach so many on a global stage without the backing of Premier League football.

    As for the company A and B example. Someone could own 10% in Company A and 100% in company B but if company A brings in more revenues and is valued at more then owning 100% in company B becomes insignificant. A company floated on the stock exchange loses value are increases value based on revenues and more importantly revenues / potential. Nufc is a football club which isn’t going to wield much in terms of profits.

    Europa cup doesn’t let Ashley advertise, I’m not sure about the FA Cup but CL wouldn’t allow Ashley to advertise. There is a direct connection to doing the bare minimum to ensure SD and other mash holdings subsidiaries continue to maximise revenues / profits through free advertising on a global scale.

    I could own 1% in a company and it can be worth more than another company I own which is at 100%. My interest will always be in the 1% company if I look at it as a business. Does any of that make sense?

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  • jimiley

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Two more French players. Farcical. The club is a laughing stock. Carr thinks the world begins and ends at Calais. We should go the who;e hog and sign Carroll for 18 million. Fits the clubs transfer policy perfectly. 27 (not so young then) and and always injured. Guaranteed to get us 6 goals a season for 80K a week. Shit just keeps on rolling back downhill.

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  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #32

    It’s Tsunki and G2 talking to themselves time folks.
    It’s a bit reminiscent of Randle McMurphy’s experience in the opening of One flew over the cuckoo’s nest when they are all holding converations in different corners.
    G2 is Billy Bibbit and Tsunki is Frederickson

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Gone are the days we were linked with household names – nowadays we are linked with unknowns, crocks and hasbeens/second raters.
    I see a parallel with “the board” – has beens/secondraters.

    Links by the press to types like Townsend and Gayle are depressing. What is more depressing is that Toon fans have had their expectations reduced over the tenure of Mr Tubbs – that they’ll now accept the shyte/meagre offerings we are being linked with. Desdperate days – we need quality to save ourselves – as others have said another season wasted.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #34

    A belated Christmas present would be to sack Wally Brolly Blusterman and sign up Pep Guardiola.
    A dream never to materialise.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Lets be honest, unless they can come in and hit the ground running they’re useless to us in our current predicament.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Our Toon, exactly what I said earlier today only Blackley seems to think something else is going on. Probably better put than I did though 🙂

    I was going to mention the fact he outright stated his purpose as he was buying nufc, but I thought it was common knowledge anyway.

    Nufc was always designed to be a device, a facilitating tool, a catalyst to enable the SD brand expansion. That is why fans hanging on to empty promises of ambition are forever in limbo. Until he sees no purpose any longer in using it, nufc will remain “not for sale at any price”. He said that because nobody would buy the club at the value it has for SD. it’s too useful for him to sell.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #37

    Doesn’t matter who we sign or anyone else signs, nothing guarantees players hitting the ground running. Cisse 13 goals in 14 games since then very hit and miss.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Two more Frenchies and we must be close to a full team of them. More onions anyone? Joke.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #39

    We need some tried and trusted cattle from this market. No French meat this time.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    No more onions or garlic Jimiley

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