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.
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.