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Two Midfielders Close To Leaving Newcastle – One Deal Agreed

10:31 am, Thursday, August 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

The pace could well be picking up for Marseille to make an offer for Newcastle midfielder Henri Saivet,  who has hardly had a look-in since he arrived from Bordeaux in January for £5M.

Henri was brought in along with fellow central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea, but both struggled to make an impact at Newcastle and it was noticeable that Henri did not play in the first team last season once Rafa Benitez arrived at the club.

And just as we released this article there’s late breaking new that a deal has finally been agreed between Marseille and Newcastle  for Florian Thauvin to move to Marseille on loan next season – with an option to buy after a certain number of games played.

henri saivet ireland

Henri Saivet in training in pre-season

We have more on the Thauvin deal at the end of this article, but first of all here’s more on the potential Saivet move.

Saivet seems expendable this summer, especially when Rafa has just brought in powerful central midfielder Mohamed Diame from Hull City yesterday.

According to the local newspaper La Provence, Marseille’s new Sporting Director Gunter Jacob and Head of Recruitment Jean-Philippe Durand have already talked with Saivet’s agent about a move.

French daily L’Equipe is also reporting Marseille’s interest in Saivet, although they say Henri is just one of a number of central midfielders the French club is looking at.

We’re not sure why Henri hasn’t done better at Newcastle, but maybe he’s finding it hard to adjust to the physical play in England and also to the pace of the game, which is much quicker than in the French league.

One of the difficulties in a potential move back to France could be Henri’s high wages, since he will have received a significant increase in wages to join Newcastle from what he was getting at Bordeaux.

Newcastle will want to recuperate the full £5M they paid to Bordeaux last January for the 25 year-old Senegal International midfielder.

florian thauvin in ireland

Florian Thauvin – deal agreed with Marseille?

And as we mentioned at the beginning of the article there’s news breaking today via a report in France Football that Newcastle have indeed agreed a  deal with Marseille to have Florian move back to his former club – initially on loan.

The deal is for 11M (£9.8M) but that means we will be losing around £3M in a year on Thauvin.

But if the report of a deal being agreed is true Florian will be very happy,  because he seems to have set his heart on returning to France and to former club Marseille in particular.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Financials · Florian Thauvin · Henri Saivet · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rafa Revolution // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:32 AM


    Could be worse look at Sheff Wed their goalkeeper has been given then no.2 and former scumbderland striker Fletcher wears no. 6!!!!!!!

  • 2 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Repost for TOF as the Bus is still moving 🙂


    Lose the paranoia, Eds constant thread switching is my reason for the ‘Bus missing’ comments, we all probably feel similar to you.

    If it makes you feel any better I believe he does it for commercial reasons, not to p!ss people off.

    We all have to make a living one way or another. ?

    Just copy and paste until the bus is finally parked for the day/night.

  • 3 The one and Ayoze 17 // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    It will be a shame If Henri goes as he hasn’t really had a fair crack and has looked pretty decent when played, surely with us being so short on wingers and it being his natural position before being shifted to DM, it’s worth having a look at him on the wing?

  • 4 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    The question mark was a smiley emote originally! 🙂

  • 5 JP...from The Rock // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Shame if this is true wanted to see what Saivet could do as he hasn’t looked bad when played.

    I hope we go for a proper out and out winger with pace and trickery. And then a striker with pace that can also play on the wings. Versatility is something Rafa likes so it wouldn’t surprise me if that is what we’re after.

  • 6 The one and Ayoze 17 // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    I really hope that this supposed medical this afternoon is for a winger as its the one position we are still short on.

  • 7 Mr Funk // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    I wonder if NUFC will go back to the Belgium ProLeague. We were linked with Frank Acheampong earlier on in the transfer window, maybe we could go back for someone else.
    Possible options could include:

    Moses Simon – like Ahmed Musa
    Ayanda Patosi
    Leon Bailey (long shot)

    These can all play left wing or upfront and could be worth a gamble now that Knockaert is looking less likely.

  • 8 Jib // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Jail ha ha ha

  • 9 swemag // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    I entered my predictions but did not see my name on the list a few days ago. Here goes again.

    Points: 92
    Position: 2
    MVP: Perez
    TGS: Perez
    TGS Goals: 26
    Lge Cup: QF
    FA Cup: QF

    Perez will sign an improved contract or leave for 30 mill by the end of the season.

  • 10 Rafa Revolution // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Villa sign McCormack

  • 11 The one and Ayoze 17 // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    If thauvin is leaving as well then I feel we need 2 more wingers as we were short anyway.

  • 12 Nufc-83 // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    I think Thauvin in terms of ability will turn out to be a good creative player but if he can’t settle then fair enough get rid. In the small cameo appearances I have seen from Saviet he looked OK very athletic and decent distribution (reminded me of a bigger Anita) so not sure why we are shipping him out but guess he doesn’t show in training.

  • 13 Nufc-83 // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Desperate for a wide player now

  • 14 martoon // Aug 4, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    swemag @9 – Sorry I missed you but I have recorded them now 🙂

  • 15 Average_Contents // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    We pay £14m for a player who let’s face it, didn’t really want to move here, who is then loaned out twice to his former club who end up paying a nominal fee for the loan.

    fcuking diabolical that is.

    Either take the hit on the transfer fee or keep him here.

    Thank fcuk Carr and penfold no longer call the shots.

    Made up with JL as captain. I think he’s just spoke more words in his little speech than colo ever managed in his entire time here.

    Hope mitro gets the No9. Imagine riviera getting the nod. I’d cry.

  • 16 JP...from The Rock // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    An out and out winger AND a striker that can play well on the wings is what we need.

  • 17 Average_Contents // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Whoever posted about that medical booked in, how do you know?

    Are you sure it’s not just a normal person having a checkup lol.

  • 18 hibbitt // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Pavel is a geordie

    are you a WUM or ITK which one is it

    your heads on the block !!!

  • 19 clinath@ed // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Martoon…miles off. You are a Fraud sir. 😉

  • 20 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Pritchard gone to Norwich fee undisclosed

  • 21 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    We need two wingers now as we only have Ritchie and Aarons. At the very least, we could get Knockaert in and push Janmaat or Anita up to right wing. If Saviet is leaving, we need to keep Tiote. Don’t forget Saviet can play on the wings. Left back, winger and striker are urgently needed.

  • 22 Legolas // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    I am not so sure about the medical. Didn’t Rafa not say there will be no more arrivals before the Fulham game?

  • 23 DaraghL // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Thauvin to Marseille confirmed on NUFC site

    Florian Thauvin has returned to Marseille on a season-long loan, with the French club having an obligation to make the move permanent.

    The 23-year-old arrived on Tyneside from Marseille 12 months ago, but headed back to the Stade Velodrome in January on loan for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.

    Returning to the North-East this summer, Thauvin featured in four of United’s five pre-season friendlies but will now ply his trade for L’OM again in Ligue 1.

    The winger made 16 competitive appearances for Newcastle, five of which were starts, and scored one goal.

    Everyone at St. James’ Park wishes Florian well for the future.

  • 24 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    We can all see the difference rafa is making at newcastle. We had a habit of keeping hold of players way past there due by date.

    If mcclaren, pardew or carver was still here, coloccini would be named captain today, & cisse would still have the number 9 shirt.

    Despite either or them doing anything to deserve it. I am very pleased lascelle is now captain. The rest of those clowns wouldn’t have the balls to drop coloccini, never mind release him.

    To take matters even futher, those clowns wouldn’t have the balls to even play lascelle, because of his lack of experience in premiership.
    Even if coloccini didn’t sign an extention with brolly, they all would be looking at somebody else to be captain, & say lascelle is to young, & has never really played in the premiership before.

  • 25 ToonRich // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    emperor on last thread said it wasn’t right that JL was seen as a starting CB cause we have 4 now!! What a crock…if Rafa sees him as our strongest then of course he should be starting as many games as possible.

    Any comment on who is Vice Captain?? JL will obviously need a rest during the season!! Who would you want as VC? Has Diame captained a side?

    We’ve got the money, go break the bank on a beast of a striker and a creative winger Rafa!!

  • 26 RolandoOverhead // Aug 4, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Just had a look on the L’OM transfermarkt page, the amount of loan deals they do is pretty bizarre .
    Can’t help but think that if Saivet does join them, it’ll be on chucky too! After all, they aren’t stumping up the funds for Thauvin until he’s been on loan for the whole season.
    Considering they’ve just made £33.15m from the sale of Batshuayi, it would look as if they’re taking liberties.

  • 27 DaraghL // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Dwight Gayle confirmed as no.9 on

  • 28 JamesToon // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:03 PM


  • 29 JamesToon // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Well im sure most wanted mitro, but we have to back Gayle now, after all hes not the one suspended for the first 4 games, he could really bang in the goals for us this season.

  • 30 JP...from The Rock // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Wow I really thought Mitro would be our number 9. I am quite shocked tbh. Never thought Mitro would let him have it.

    On to wingers we desperately need at least one now. Anyone know who we could be after if not after Knockeart?

  • 31 Jib // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    I may be mistaken
    I was wrong once ( I found out later I was actually right )
    But I think young Aleksandar prefers the number 45 – he certainly has it playing for Serbia when one would assume he could have number 9 if he wanted.

  • 32 Wayayman // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    I don’t see confirmation of that anywhere.

  • 33 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Its on Nufc fb page. Diame has no number yet. The lowest remaing no’s are 13 and 15

  • 34 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    1 Tim Krul
    2 Ciaran Clark
    3 Paul Dummett
    4 Jack Colback
    5 Grant Hanley
    6 Jamaal Lascelles
    7 Moussa Sissoko
    8 Vurnon Anita
    9 Dwight Gayle
    10 Siem De Jong
    11 Matt Ritchie
    12 Jonjo Shelvey
    14 Isaac Hayden
    16 Rolando Aarons
    17 Ayoze Perez
    18 Chancel Mbemba
    19 Massadio Haidara
    20 Yoan Gouffran
    21 Rob Elliot
    22 Daryl Janmaat
    23 Henri Saviet
    24 Cheick Tiote
    26 Karl Darlow
    27 Jesus Gamez
    28 Matz Sels
    29 Emmanuel Riviere
    32 Adam Armstrong
    41 Freddie Woodman
    42 Jamie Sterry
    43 Kevin Mbabu
    45 Aleksander Mitrovic
    TBC Mohamed Diame


  • 35 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Sissoko still has his squad no. Kind of expected him to at least have at changed since 7 is normally given to a player who is going to feature prominently

  • 36 martoon // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Last day to get your predictions in so far I have:

    JP…from The Rock
    Our Toon
    Jail for Ashley
    Charlie in the Gallowgate
    outside the box
    one fine day
    southeast magpie
    nut meg
    The overrated Frenchman
    Oleg G
    Very Terry
    Essex Geordie Bill
    The American
    Rafa Revolution
    Back Door Man
    toon kk
    the white tino
    Ruddy Marveaux-lous
    Kabul Fish
    Toon fm Exeter
    Spotlight Kid
    TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa
    Hail Wor Ashley
    Mister Tuff
    dok – the horrid colonial
    El Sleeve
    Munster Mag
    off the ball
    The one and Ayoze 17
    Shot Bru
    Laurent Robert 32
    even the stevens
    gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)
    Hugh Jorgan
    The Ghost of St.James
    Magpie Myles
    U.S Magpie
    Lilongwe Geordie

    Apologies if I’ve missed you – if so just repost with my name in and I should find them.

  • 37 Ron Knee // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Gayle has got guile, but has he got goals?

  • 38 DaraghL // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Mitro chose 45 at Partizan as 9 was taken which was his first choice. (4+5 = 9 was his logic).

    He’s moved twice since then and has chosen 45. I think he just has accepted that it’s now his number. You know sports stars and their superstitions may not want to change.

  • 39 lesh // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Ron Knee

    Gayle, guile, goals?

    We’ve already got a G and a G2 posting – why not rebadge yourself as G3?

  • 40 DaraghL // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    YCMIU –

    I guess you can’t relinquish his number without showing your hand to potential buyers. We all know the score but we need to be acting as if we want to keep hold of him to drive his price.

    Plus Rafa has insisted that if the right bid doesn’t come in then he stays. If that’s the case, he will likely start.

    As for Gayle, I think he will surprise many. Exciting forward with an eye for goal. Definitely capable of 20+ in this league.

  • 41 BandB // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Mbemba number 18.

  • 42 Jib // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Allow me to dream please

    The 28 year old Mexican Javier Hernandez (Chicharito ) has just shocked the German media by telling Kicker magazine that he may not be at Bayer Leverkusen much longer.

    The thing that caught my attention was the phrase

    “Me motiva si soy un tema para otros clubes.” – it motivates me if I’m the theme for other clubs .
    That is very Rafaesque language.
    he normally wears number 7 and can play either wing !

  • 43 always look on the bright side of life // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    My predictions for the coming season are:

    Points: 104
    Position: 1
    TGS: Gayle
    TGS Goals: 29
    Lge Cup: QF
    FA Cup: Round 5

  • 44 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Saw thaunvin play for Marseille he’s Shiite get rid shame we didn’t keep cabella potential to be quality

  • 45 JP...from The Rock // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Diame will be the number 7 once Sissoko leaves.

  • 46 JP...from The Rock // Aug 4, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    I would love Chicharito with us. Wanted him ever since he was at Man U. Quality player, quick and knows where the goal is. If he comes we’re going up as Champions for sure.

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