France Football are reporting today that Henri Saivet will soon be back playing in France for St. Etienne – and by the end of the week.
Henri was signed in January for around £5M from Bordeaux, but has only made 4 appearances for Newcastle since then and he has never appeared in a competitive match under Rafa Benitez – so he is obviously surplus to requirements.
Henri Saivet in pre-season training
France Football is reporting today that the loan deal with St. Etienne will include an option to buy and the deal should be completed by the end of the week.
We would expect the transfer fee would be around £5M if St. Etienne pick up the option to buy.
France Football are describing Saivet as an attacking midfielder who has a contract at Newcastle until the summer of 2021.
We sign a player on a five and a half year contract and yet he is surplus to requirements after only seven months.
But that is due in large measure to Rafa Benitez coming in during March after Steve McClaren was finally fired.
McClaren had a terrible record at Newcastle right from the start and ended up getting just 24 points from 28 league games – the worst ever performance by a Newcastle manager in the Premier league over that number of games.
It follows the 19 game stint of john Carver, who managed just 13 points – including an 8 game losing streak – so in that stretch of 47 games after Alan Pardew left the club, we got just 37 points.
It looks extremely likely that the loan deal for Henri will now go through in a couple of days and that’s good for Newcastle and it’s good for Henri too.
The 9 times capped Senegal International can now start to rebuild his career at St. Etienne.
It’s been a trying seven months on Tyneside for the player, but to his credit he’s conducted himself very professionally.