According to an exclusive from Turkish Football, Newcastle’s Henri Saivet has now reached an agreement to sign for Bursaspor – with the Senegalese international expected to sign in the next 24 hours.
The story states that Saivet flew out to Turkey yesterday and is in the process of completing his medical with the club.
What’s not yet clear is whether it’ll be a permanent move or loan move. The midfielder has another three years left on his contract – having signed a five-year deal when arriving from Bordeaux in 2016 – however there’s even been talk that he may be allowed to leave on a free.
Either way, his exit has been coming, with he (along with Aarons and Lazaar) failing to be given a squad number by Rafa Benitez last week.
LATEST – Henri Saivet has reached a deal in principle with Bursaspor after traveling to Turkey and undergoing a medical. The Newcastle United midfielder is expected to be officially announced within the next 24 hours
— Turkish Football (@Turkish_Futbol1) August 14, 2018
Here’s a snippet from Turkish Football’s piece, claiming he should be announced as a Bursaspor player in the next 24 hours:
Newcastle United midfielder Henri Saivet has reached a deal in principle with Super Lig outfit Bursaspor.
A source close to the Super Lig outfit revealed to Turkish-Football that an official announcement is likely to be made within the next 24 hours.
The midfielder traveled to Turkey yesterday and underwent his Bursaspor medical.
Bursaspor boss Samet Aybaba is no stranger to Saivet having coached the 27-year-old during his time in charge of Sivasspor last season.
The Newcastle outcast spent the second half of last season at Sivasspor.
Hopefully we do receive a fee if it is to be a permanent move, however it may be a job well done just to get him off our books.
You’d have thought we’d be able to demand some sort of fee (especially when we paid £6m for him just two years ago), but this perhaps proves just how keen both Rafa and the club are to moved him on for good. After all, he’s clearly not in Benitez’s plans and would be costing the club an alleged £35,000 per week if we kept him around.
With Hayden unsettled and Merino and Colback both let go this summer, would we be making a mistake letting him go?
The below tweet says it all for me. It’s probably best we let him go given how much he’s cost the club to play so little:
Henri Saivet’s been at Newcastle for almost 3 years. In that time he’s earned around £4,900,000 in wages. He’s earned just under £1,000,000 for every game he’s played for the club. #nufc https://t.co/8TxAODjPo7
— NUFC (@Lascxelles) August 14, 2018