French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting today that Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet has agreed a five-year deal to join Newcastle United.
Newcastle and Bordeaux are said to be very close to a deal which would be €6M, as we reported earlier today – plus €1M in bonuses.
L’Equipe is reporting that a verbal agreement has been reached on the deal – which presumably means we have persuaded the 25 year-old to join the club – after he earlier had expressed some concerns.
Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet in Newcastle
Bournemouth are also involved so don’t put it past the south coast club to steal the player at the very last moment (remember Loic Remy and QPR), but a big advantage on Tyneside is there are already a number of French-speaking players at Newcastle.
The player and his agent are reported to have arrived in Newcastle this morning and the news is that personal terms have also been agreed with Saivet.
So everything would seem ready for the player to take his medical on Tyneside and sign along the dotted line, he could even be announced as a Newcastle player maybe as soon as tomorrow.
If the deal goes through he will add creativity to the Newcastle midfield and he is one of two players Newcastle want to sign this week – Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey being the other early target.
Let’s hope the club can make the much needed breakthrough.