It was reported earlier this week that forgotten man Henri Saivet could be set to seal a permanent move to Bursaspor, however Turkish outlet Olay claim the deal is now ‘dead in the water’ due to his wage demands.
Aside from a rare start which saw him score an impressive free-kick in last December’s 3-2 win over West Ham, it’s been quite clear that Saivet is not in Benitez’s plans, with him being one of many fringe players he’ll be desperate to offload this summer
Saivet played under Samet Aybaba during a loan spell with Sivasspor last season, and it seems as though the Turkish coach was keen to be reunited with the midfielder once again after being appointed by Bursaspor this summer.
A move had looked likely just a few days, however Turkish newspaper ‘Olay’ now claim that a deal has been called off due to Saivet’s wage demands.
They state he was demanding just over £1m per year (around £20,000 a week), however it seems the Super Lig side were unwilling (or unable) to match his demands.
He’s made just three league starts in two and a half years at NUFC so hopefully we find a buyer for him this summer – especially when shifting deadwood seems so important to our transfer plans this summer.
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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.