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Newcastle Make Improved Offer Of €6M For Midfielder

7:56 am, Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

News in France today in L’Equipe that Newcastle have made an official offer for Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet, and the bid is more than the £3M that has been mentioned in the last week or two.

The 25 year-old Senegal international was reported to have been reluctant to sign for Newcastle since we are 3rd bottom of the league, but in the Chronicle today they are reporting that Saivet is a player Newcastle want to sign this week.

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Henri Saivet – £4.5M bid

There was news yesterday that the £3M Newcastle were initially offering was not enough for Bordeaux, so the reported €6M offer (£4.5M) would seem to satisfy his French club.

Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud is quoted in L´Equipe as saying that “things could evolve very quickly” with the new improved Newcastle bid having been made.

It´s not clear if this is the first official bid Newcastle have made for the player, but it seems to be a good one and a deal with Bordeaux would seem possible, although Turkish club Besiktas are also credited with an interest in the skillful midfielder.

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.

Saivet has played 27 times for Bordeaux this season in all competitions with four goals – and has been tracked by Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr all season.

We were first linked with him around Christmas time.

The player was born in Dakar, Senegal and moved to Bordeaux in 2002 from Senegal when he was just 12 years old.

He has played 178 games for Bordeaux with 23 goals and 12 assists since making his debut in 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.

He would be a good first signing for Newcastle United this month – this week hopefully.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sing in the corner // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Toon hedging their bets…or seeing which one between him and Shelvey is best ‘pound for pound’ value more likely. Hopefully we won’t dither over pence too long and someone nips in for Shelvey leaving us to go down the options list to the bottom like they have in the past.

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Agree. I watched the highlights of the match against Watford, and Mitro was at the heart of the build up play for at least half of our chances. Once he gets his confidence up, and we supply good service to him he will get the goals.

  • 3 Toonfan8 // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    I agree with Tiki, Mitro is good player, only young man, but he need supply, he need crosses and he didn´t get them…

  • 4 mindshaft // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Mitrovic has missed a whole host of sitters in the last four games, simply not good enough to be playing first 11 at the moment

  • 5 Reyantoon // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Soccer_sauce has been spot on last time out on transfers,so the Saivet transfer is a done deal for me.Still baffles me tho how we miss out on Keiran Trrippier.Don’t have problems with Carr scouting duties but he may be getting old lately to properly pick out gems like before!! :p

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Perez, Colback and Gini have all missed better chances in the last three games. Half of them set up by Mitrovic.

  • 7 nut meg // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Mitrovic….he turned 21 in September & people are writing him off! I’m in the same camp as Tiki & Lilo, we will be a top player but cut him some slack guys, he’s feeding on scraps.

  • 8 nut meg // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    he will ..not we will

  • 9 hibbitt // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    there all missing chances to put it all on mitro is way off the mark as a team we are not taking our chances

  • 10 reilly // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Mitrovic, gets 1 or 2 clear cut chances a game if he is lucky, not even Ageuro is that clinical.

  • 11 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Mitrovic is not goal shy, his chances are few and far between, our crosses are poor and he has to work hard to reach them let alone get them on target or in the net.

    His all round play is not bad, holds the ball up well and can make a pass, he just doesn’t get much in return to latch onto.

    When he is making a run into the box the ball is either yo far in front for him to get to it, or played behind him.

    I just wonder how some people see him as poor, when to anyone with eyes can see that it’s the service to that is poor.

    A decent playmaker in the team would give Mitrovic the chance to shine, a couple of good wingers who can cross the ball to a striker would set him on his way to becoming a legend at this club.

    A striker is only ever good if he gets the service.

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