Newcastle United supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week, what with their side only managing a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Swansea City last weekend, as well as news that a takeover of the club is looking increasingly unlikely.
Rafa Benitez’s men began 2018 with wins over Stoke City and Luton Town to lift some of the gloom around St James’ Park, but they fell behind to Carlos Carvalhal’s Swans on Saturday thanks to Jordan Ayew’s sixth goal of the campaign. The Magpies did hit back through Joselu to secure a point from the encounter, although there was frustration among our resident Newcastle fans given Swansea’s lowly position – frustration which has since intensified by reports that a takeover of the club from Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners looks unlikely to happen.
Subsequently, there have been many despondent Magpies supporters in the Tavern in the last few days, although they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from L’Equipe, which suggests that an agreement is almost in place to take midfielder Henri Saivet to Montpellier on loan for the rest of the season.
The 27-year-old made the move to St James’ Park back in 2016 but has since managed just seven senior appearances for the club, three of which have come this term, as has his one and only goal for the Magpies, coming in their 3-2 success over West Ham last month.
However, that goal hasn’t propelled him into Benitez’s plans as he hasn’t featured for the North East giants since, and reports suggest that he is closing in on a move to Montpellier for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent deal come the summer.
And with gametime limited at Newcastle, it’s a move which seems to be in the best interests of all parties involved.
Landlord’s verdict: Things clearly haven’t worked out for Henri Saivet at Newcastle United, with just seven senior appearances to show for his efforts in the last few years.
Yet he could be headed for the exit door as reports suggest that Montpellier are closing in on a loan move for the 27-year-old, with a view to a permanent deal come the summer.
And with the midfielder struggling for regular football under Rafa Benitez, and his chances unlikely to improve in 2018, it’s a deal which is surely in the best interests of both the player and the two clubs involved.
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