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Newcastle Midfielder To Leave Before The End Of The Week

4:32 pm, Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 41 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Other News · Transfer News and Rumours

41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 17, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    I have a feeling that we are waiting for players to become available at premiership teams who are waiting on replacements before letting fringe players go

    The penny will drop with Benitez he is a manager who will try different formations and players until he gets results although we just dont have enough options for me as we only have 1 proper winger in Richie !!

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 17, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    On Saviet its a shame because by all accounts he was getting compared to Kante in France before we signed him and he looked to have better ability on the ball than Colback and Anita so not sure why its not worked out

  • 3 ShirebrookToon // Aug 17, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Are there any streams for the game tonight. I can’t find any at present

  • 4 magicmac // Aug 17, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    That lad Henri Saviet, never got a chance to prove himself, how many chances are Newcastle going to give those 2 wasters Charnley and old man Carr, when they talk about getting rid of the dead wood, those 2 clows should have been the first two out the door, as iam very sure most of the fans would agree with, perhaps they are like a cat, they have 9 lives, they are the main reason we are plating in the championship for sure. HWTL.

  • 5 mad-serb // Aug 17, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Hey guys hope all are doing well. Haven’t been around for a couple of months due to work but been keeping up for the blog when I had some spare time.

    Hope we can get a result tonight and start to kick on from there but I guess it’s like rafa is saying it will click at some point. I think there is still plenty going on behind the scenes and that the whole Sissoko fiasco is holding up some other deals but as he is still here and not knowing if he will be gone or not is causing us some problems. Pretty sure his replacement has been lined up and is in waiting until things are finalised and the window shuts we might take some time to see rafts real plan.

    The season has not even really started yet and I think we need to give him the time he needs to get his team sorted before starting to assess things. I mean we gave mcnugget 10 to 15 games before getting in his back so surely Rafa is allowed the bare minimum of those amount of games if not more. The season is over in August and there are more than enough games to go to get what we all want and that’s promotion.

    Let’s get stay behind rafa and the team rather than getting on their backs 2 games into the season. Hard thought 1-0 seems about right for tonight

  • 6 scout // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Must start Ritchie tonight

  • 7 mindshaft // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    life in the championship – no online stream 🙁

  • 8 scout // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    janmaat mbemba hanley dummett
    ritchie shelvey perez arons
    Gayle armstrong

  • 9 Pat On The Heed // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Hey guys Anita is no winger, the squad lacks alpha males and Sissoko is too big for his boots.

    Just saying as its been over 5 mins since someone posted this, and naturally I was worried the world would come to an end.

  • 10 Mister Tuff // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    I watched the Championship programme on Saturday night and of all the teams shown I did think Reading were very poor indeed. I know not always possible to get a good idea from highlights but it was my distinct assessment they were pretty poor.
    Surely we must beat them tonight.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Alpha males, mmm where have I heard that before?

  • 12 Laurent Robert The Legend // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Wonder why all these premier league level players are leaving..anybody can convince me..hayden is better than saviet? We saw some bit of Saviet in Everton away last seson..and he was best player on the pitch for us..

  • 13 toon kk // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Rafa saying on sky sports news we have to improve in every area and work as a team.

    It’s been the same for a long time, long before the Rafa days.
    I’m not sure why our players just basically decide not to bother turning up?

  • 14 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Hopefully the players will be able to handle this weather

  • 15 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    looks like the TOON got the wrong Jesus
    Brazil 3-0 nil up and Gabriel Jesus has scored 2 – pity he is going to Man City

  • 16 JamesToon // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Anyone know if there will be any streams tonight/radio

  • 17 beefman13 // Aug 17, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Football has got me so pissed off, the Toon and England, overpaid premaddonas, they just dont deserve the fantastic support we give them, the Olympics has given us all something to smile and cheer about, honestly, this football lark is waring very thin.

  • 18 Pat On The Heed // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    A radio phone in maybe?

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    beef man
    Totally agree Olympics been brilliant competitors giving their all for nothing – Professionals like Golf and Tennis too – and our shower on Saturday getting paid a fortune for their pathetic efforts – Got to be better tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 20 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    On saviet, I remember him in old manager games, he started off as a forward & could player winger. He was seen as a wonder kid. I signed him up aswel.
    Now he’s moved into DM. But I can’t understand why we are gettin rid of him. Surely such a versatile player can come in handy

  • 21 Jib // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    If you have SportsDevil in Kodi.

    follow these steps:-

    listed under 07.45pm
    are all the CL qualifiers
    Cardiff v Blackburn
    and our game.

  • 22 Belfast // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Probably on pornhub Buster??? Yerrrr right!

  • 23 Belfast // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    If it’s not being shown overseas there won’t be a stream. usually list where it’s being televised.

  • 24 Belfast // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:17 PM


    UK TV: No UK live coverage

    Overseas TV: None

    UK Radio: None

  • 25 Nufc-83 // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Jib getting people’s hopes up again. I’m afraid there will again be no coverage of tonight’s game. Best we can hope for is radio or periscope link 🙁

  • 26 Jib // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:17 PM

  • 27 Belfast // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Local Radio: Live on BBC Radio Newcastle

  • 28 Belfast // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Beware of Jib and his dodgy links.

    Bank details vulnerable….

  • 29 Pat On The Heed // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Vernon Anita. On the right ????? You GATZ to be kiddin me.
    Das munchenkin herr Anita auf der recht??? Definitiv nicht!

  • 30 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Got to love it…

    This is what happens when in Leage Crap.
    People who think we are about to bounce back and tramp them, I have some bad news for you. Not going to happen….

    I am curious at the result today. Really am.

  • 31 Ian Toon // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Laurent Robert The Legend
    There’s only one Laurent Robert The Legend- one Laurent Robert The Legend.
    Phew exhausting.

    Laurent – Yer right. Saivet started against Everton in February before Benitez joined. I thought he did OK and you’re right he lasted around 50 minutes before being subbed for Mitrovic. It seemed that he just needed to up his fitness not having played for a while. It’s a mystery but Benitez has had ample time to have a good look at him in training and pre season.

  • 32 JamesToon // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    What is kodi??

  • 33 bettyswallocks // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Gorgonzola……… Sounds very much you’re expecting and hoping for a loss to justify your cheesy existence.

  • 34 Tsunki // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Unfortunately this dodggy flash stream sites are still rubbish even when you directly access their streams without the ads through Kodi. Only useful, as has been rightly pointed out, if the Broadcaster has satellite streamed it for overseas consumption. Unfortunately there has been reluctance to take up the offer of us grinding out a Wednesday night draw against a lacklustre Berkshire outfit. 🙂

    So no streams lads. End. I’ll eat my tea if there is.

  • 35 Tsunki // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Hard cheese, Pecorino.

  • 36 Tsunki // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    ..something smells off with gorgonzola….

  • 37 Jib // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    James Toon
    Ask Tsunki
    He’s the expert

  • 38 JamesToon // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:47 PM


    Anita Mbemba Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran

  • 39 Jib // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Gouffran starts

  • 40 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Happy with that lineup. Lascelles out so who’s the captain?

  • 41 Jib // Aug 17, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Lascelles dropped !

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