Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Newcastle Sign Senegal Midfielder Henri Saivet from Bordeaux FC of Ligue 1

Newcastle United have secured the signing of Senegalese midfielder Henri Saivet from french Ligue 1 side Bordeaux FC. Senegalese central midfielder has penned a five-and-a-half-year deal at St. James' Park. 25 year old Senegal center midfielder came through the the club's academy. He made his first team debut at the age of 17 in 2007. He made 181 appearances for Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux, which plays in the french Ligue 1.

Saivet has scored 23 goals so far, including one against Liverpool in the UEFA Europa League in the current season. He has played in both group games against the Magpies in the 2012/13 Europa League edition. NUFC's first transfer deal is stated to cost them around £5m for Henri signing. It will be Saivet's first chance to play for any English football club participating in the Barclays Premier League.

Henri Saivet expressed excitement on the Newcastle transfer by describing:
"I am very happy to be here at Newcastle. I am really proud to be able to play for this Club, and I am really excited at the challenge that lies ahead. St. James' Park is a really impressive and special stadium. In France there is nothing that compares to this, and I can't wait to get out there with my new teammates and help the team climb the table."
Steve McClaren, Newcastle United head coach shown faith in Henri Saivet by saying:
"Henri is someone the Club have been watching for a while, and he has developed into an excellent player at Bordeaux. This is someone with a very good mentality, who is a tough player and a winner. Those are key qualities you need in the Premier League and we are looking forward to seeing him pulling on the Newcastle United shirt."

Curated from United Complete Saivet Signing - NUFC